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  • Paperback: 208 pages
  • Publisher: FORTRESS PRESS; Later Printing Used edition (January 1, 1985)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0806621206
  • ISBN-13: 978-0806621203
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.5 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.7 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #71,357 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Walter Brueggemann is William Marcellus McPheeters Professor of Old Testament Emeritus at Columbia Theological Seminary. He is the world's leading interpreter of the Old Testament and is the author of numerous books, including Westminster John Knox Press best sellers such as Genesis and First and Second Samuel in the Interpretation series, An Introduction to the Old Testament: The Canon and Christian Imagination, and Reverberations of Faith: A Theological Handbook of Old Testament Themes.

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127 of 132 people found the following review helpful By Chris Saddler on August 16, 2000
Format: Paperback
I was loaned this book at a very difficult time in my life. I could no longer trust a God who had allowed my son to die. But by no longer conversing with God, I also lost my source of sustenance and renewal.
This book describes how the Psalms document the changes/seasons of a believing community's life of faith: a movement of faith from orientation to disorientation to a new orientation.
It helped me to understand that my relationship with God changes with my experiences of life. And that although I may be experiencing a period of disorientation in respect to God, eventually I will arrive at a new orientation, as did the people of Israel.
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41 of 43 people found the following review helpful By Dr. Robert Hackler on April 28, 2006
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Dr. Walter Brueggemann, Old Testament professor/mentor/friend, taught this material at Eden Theological Seminary in Webster Groves, Missouri and later as a continuing education workshop in Florida. This is, in my judgment, the best work done on the Psalms and I use it as the basic text in my course in Florida Christian University/Theological Seminary on "The Psalms and Counseling". Not only does Brueggeman categorize the Psalms into "Orientation", "Disorientation", and "New Orientation" (an improvement on "Reinorientation" as a type), but he also helps us have a psychological perspective on these psalms and their uses within the church and our personal appropriation/and belief systems. This helps us find our route through disorientation and depression on into new orientation and joyful health.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Byron Fike on April 10, 2012
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A thought provoking analysis of the spirituality of the Psalms. By analyzing numerous Psalms through the catagories of Orientation, Disorientation, and New Orientation, Brueggemann opens the message of the Psalms to speak a fresh word to a generation that have not gererally known what to do with God when life is unfair.

I have been praying the Psalms regularly since challeneged by Peterson (Answering God) to do so. Brueggemann has helped to deepen my prayers by giving me a greater understanding of the Psalmists and why they wrote the prayers they did.
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42 of 56 people found the following review helpful By M. Walcott on June 20, 2006
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Found the language of the book too scholarly. Example: "The verbal form expressing Yahweh's actions is characteristically participial; that is, this is not an intrusive eventfulness, but an assured ongoing process that Yahweh does regularly and everywhere." The entire book is written in this manner.

I'm sure the contents are probably excellent but I found this book too difficult to read for the average joe.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Lannmva on November 28, 2014
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When I was in seminary, 20+ years ago, I was supposed to read this book for my Old Testament class. I didn’t, but I kept the book. This year, having read the Jacobson brothers’s book “Invitation to the Psalms,” I took on this book because of Bruggeman’s reputation for scholarship. It’s there, but MUCH more important is the life of faith he reveals within these psalms.

This book has been my morning devotional reading for several months. Bruggeman’s combination of scholarship and insight into the faith of the psalmists have been an incredibly stimulating gift to my faith. As a Christian with Jewish friends, I realize what my friends have that has been missing in my own faith. The psalmists brought everything to God, demanding to be heard, knowing God would answer, and never giving up on the relationship because the Lord was not going to. And, then, being awed by the response.

The book deals with psalms in categories (Orientation, Disorientation, and New Orientation and subcategories within these), going in depth into their interpretation and why the psalms selected were emblematic. But, also refreshing to me was Bruggeman’s personal distrust of the orientation psalms because they are generally spoken by the rich and powerful whose lives have not been shaken. If there is ever a body of literature full of raw emotions (sometimes too raw for us), the Psalms are it. Bruggeman brings to life what is a stake for the psalmist in his/her faith. Mine, too.

By the time I was done with this book, I regretted that I didn’t learn Hebrew in seminary. I wanted to read what he was reading, seeing the poetry on the page. His explanations gave me a rich appreciation of the high quality of poetry in this literature. Any book that can do that gets five stars from me. Thank you, Prof. Bruggeman.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By G. Wolff on July 31, 2013
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Examines the general themes, structure and content of the Psalms in the Bible. Shows how understanding the structure of the psalms can help us better understand the content.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Dennis Keller on May 15, 2014
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Walter Brueggemann adds depth to the message of the Psalms. These 2000 year old (plus) prayer songs of the people of Israel through Brueggemann's writing come into today's perspective and add depth and meaning to the joys and trials of our day. They bring about a sense of God's presence among us in the good times, in the awful times and in the surprise times when things turn out totally differently than expected, but never in a return to the status quo. Not an easy read, but one that should be taken on with a Revised Standard Version of the Psalms.

Dennis Keller
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Stephen Kliewer on August 7, 2014
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Wonderful rich book
It finds ways to "categorize" the Psalms in a way that makes amazing sense
and brings new depth and understanding to anyone's exploration of this book

The author is able to make the Psalms come alive
and helps people negotiate the sometimes wildly different tone of various Psalm

I bought this book years ago, and just repurchased it, after my original version fell apart!
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