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The Psalms : An Introduction
James L. Crenshaw

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Format: Paperback, 187pp.
ISBN: 0802808549
Publisher: Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Co.
Pub. Date: January 2001

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This volume offers one of the best available introductions to the psalms literature of the Bible. Specially designed for general readers, James L. Crenshaw’s new book will help beginning students read the psalms with understanding and appreciation.

Part 1 examines the composition and major features of the book of Psalms. Comparisons to other biblical psalms and to deutero- and noncanonical psalms are also made. Part 2 surveys the various approaches to the Psalter, illustrating with great clarity the various modes of interpreting the book. Crenshaw looks in particular at the types of psalms, their social settings, and the historical reconstruction of the Israelite experience, with special attention to ancient Near Eastern iconography. Artistic design and theological editing are also discussed. In Part 3 Crenshaw offers in-depth exegesis of four notable psalms—24, 71, 73, and 115—to show how one might fruitfully engage the text.

Given its range of discussion and highly accessible style, The Psalms: An Introduction will quickly become a favorite resource for study of the psalms.


As usual, Crenshaw has done his homework for this little book. And what homework it is, for he brings to this quite accessible introduction long years of pondering. As a result, an entire tradition of scholarship is on offer for the reader. In addition to presenting all of the ‘necessities’ of an introduction, the book offers peculiar gifts that only Crenshaw can give. . . . Readers are introduced not only to substantive learning but also to careful method—Crenshaw’s signature contribution.
—Walter Brueggemann


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About the Author

James Crenshaw is the Robert L. Flowers Professor of Old Testament at Duke University Divinity School. He is the author of numerous books in biblical studies, including Story and Faith, Urgent Advice and Probing Questions, Education in Ancient Isael, and Old Testament Wisdom.

Table of Contents

Part IOrigins
1.The Individual Collections13
2.Related Psalms41
Part IIApproaches to Psalms
3.The Psalms as Prayers55
4.Psamls as a Source of Historical Data72
5.Classification by Types80
Excursus: Wisdom Psalms87
6.Artistic and Theological Design96
Part IIISome Readings
7.Standing Near the Flame: Psalm 73109
8.The Resounding Negation: Psalm 115128
9.Life's Deepest Apprehension: Psalm 71142
10.Knowing Whose You Are: Psalm 24155
Select Bibliography170
Index of Subjects173
Index of Authors175
Index of Biblical References178
Index of Hebrew and Greek Words186

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