Reading the Psalms Theologically presents rich biblical-theological studies on the Psalter. The essays interpret the Psalms as a carefully-composed book. Each study focuses on a biblical or theological topic, drawing insights from past interpreters and current scholarship.
Contributors include David M. Howard, Michael K. Snearly, Peter C. W. Ho, James M. Hamilton, David “Gunner” Gunderson, Seth D. Postell, Jill Firth, C. Hassell Bullock, May Young, Rolf A. Jacobson, Philip S. Johnston, Daniel J. Estes, Ryan J. Cook, Jamie A. Grant, Andrew J. Schmutzer, J. Clinton McCann, Jerome Skinner, J. Nathan Clayton, and David C. Mitchell.
This collection of discerning studies is a most welcome offer. The scholar-authors are well versed in form critical study, and in the historical, cultural contexts of the Psalms. But they do not linger there. They boldly move beyond such conventional research questions to consider important and insistent theological issues that hover all around the Psalter. In moving in this direction, these scholars are faithful to the Psalter itself, for surely the framers and early users of the Psalter were focused on matters that pertained to real life. This collection will be an important reference point for future study.
—Walter Brueggemann, Columbia Theological Seminary
Reading the Bible Theologically reflects on the significance of the Psalms as a book and explores issues like the laments and suffering, divine sovereignty and presence, as well as the nations and the gods. This book will deepen your understanding of the book of Psalms as well as God himself. I enthusiastically recommend this collection of essays for all serious students of this important biblical book.
—Tremper Longman III, Distinguished Scholar and Professor Emeritus of Biblical Studies, Westmont College
I commend this book to all who have enjoyed the Psalms over the years but have found little help thus far on the subject of what really unifies the message and theology found in these 150 psalms.
Studies in Scripture and Biblical Theology is a peer-reviewed series of contemporary monographs exploring key topics and issues in biblical studies and biblical theology from an evangelical perspective.
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David M. Howard Jr. is professor of Old Testament and Hebrew at Bethel Seminary. He is the author of numerous articles and books, including The Structure of Psalms 93-100, and coeditor of The Psalms: Language for All Seasons of the Soul.
Andrew J. Schmutzer is professor of Bible at Moody Bible Institute and coeditor of The Psalms: Language for All Seasons of the Soul.