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Encountering the Book of Psalms : A Literary and Theological Introduction (Encountering Biblical Studies Series)
C. Hassell Bullock

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Format: Hardcover , 226pp.
ISBN: 0801022452
Publisher: Baker Book House
Pub. Date: November 2001

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According to author Hassell Bullock, "No collection of poems has ever exercised as much influence on the Western world as the Book of Psalms." The attraction for Jews, Christians, as well as nonbelievers is surely the personal element that pervades these poems, which describe the human situation in all its complexity. Though the Psalms are perhaps the most familiar portion of the Hebrew Bible, they are also among the most difficult to interpret. As a result, Bullock has created this guide to introduce students to the study and interpretation of the Psalms.

Encountering the Book of Psalms begins by examining literary and hermeneutical dimensions. Bullock discusses the nature, structure, and authorship of the Psalter and provides readers with specific principles for interpretation. He goes on to examine the use of Psalms in worship from the ancient world to the twenty-first century. He further explores how the psalmists used historical reflection to serve their theological purposes and concludes with an investigation of different types of psalms (e.g., praise, lament, and wisdom).

Like other volumes in the Encountering Biblical Studies series, Encountering the Book of Psalms is designed for classroom use and includes a number of helpful features, including chapter objectives and outlines, sidebars, charts, and illustrations.


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C. Hassell Bullock (Ph.D., Hebrew Union College) is Franklin S. Dyrness Professor of Biblical Studies at Wheaton College. He is the author of An Introduction to the Old Testament Prophetic Books and coeditor of The Literature and Meaning of Scripture.

Table of Contents

Editor's Preface11
Publisher's Preface12
To the Student14
Author's Preface15
Part 1Encountering the Literary and Hermeneutical Dimensions of the Psalms
1."Begin the Music": Introducing the Psalms21
2.Listening to the Symphony of Praise: Interpreting the Psalms35
3.The Seams of the Garment of Praise: The Structure of the Book57
Part 2Encountering the Psalms as Worship and Historical Reflection
4.The Psalms in Worship and Faith85
5.Encountering Theology and History in the Psalms99
Part 3Encountering the Psalms as Literary and Theological Types
6."Praise the Lord, O My Soul; All My Inmost Being, Praise His Holy Name": The Psalms of Praise121
7."My God, My God, Why Have You Forsaken Me?": Psalms of Lament135
8."I Love the Lord, for He Heard My Voice; He Heard My Cry for Mercy": Psalms of Thanksgiving151
9."The Lord Is My Shepherd, I Shall Not Want": Psalms of Trust165
10."You Are My Son; Today I Have Become Your Father": Psalms of the Earthly King177
11."The Lord Reigns": Psalms of the Heveanly King187
12."My Mouth Will Speak Words of Wisdom": The Wisdom of Psalms199
13."The Law of the Lord Is Perfect, Reviving the Soul": The Psalms of Torah213
14."May They Be Blotted Out of the Book of Life": The Imprecatory Psalms227
Select Bibliography of the Psalms245
Subject Index253
Scripture Index257

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