Written in accessible language and sensitive to those who have little or no experience in reading the Bible, each book in the Conversations with Scripture series focuses on exploring the historical and critical background of the biblical texts, while illustrating how these centuries-old writings still speak to us today. Countryman brings his considerable biblical studies erudition as well as his skills as a popular writer and published poet to bear on the Psalms. Though an accomplished scholar of the New Testament, Countryman illumines the Psalms with insight and creativity. Readers will experience this most beloved part of the scriptural canon in a fresh and exciting way.
About the Author
L. William Countryman is professor emeritus of New Testament at the Church Divinity School of the Pacific, Berkeley, California. He is the author of several books in biblical studies and spirituality, including the most recent Lovesongs & Reproaches: Passionate Conversations with God in 2010 and Calling on the Spirit in Unsettling Times in 2011-both by Morehouse Publishing.
Table of Contents
Introduction to the Series ix
Introduction-I Know "The Lord Is My Shepherd": Why Would I Want to Study the Psalms? 1
Chapter 1 "Praise God in His Sanctuary…": Songs for the Temple 5
Chapter 2 "You That Stand in the House of the Lord": , The World of the Psalmists 27
Chapter 3 "O Sing to the Lord a New Song": Hymns of Praise and Songs of Worship 49
Chapter 4 "I Am Weary with My Crying": Psalms of Lament, Trust, and Thanksgiving 67
Chapter 5 "The Heavens Are Telling the Glory of God": Psalms of Wisdom 89
Chapter 6 "One Generation Shall Laud Your Works to Another": The Ongoing Influence of the Psalms 109
Study Guide by Sharon Pearson 133
A Personal Introduction 145