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Word Biblical Commentary, Vol. 19: Psalms 1-50 Hardcover – January 15, 1983
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- in-depth analysis of the purpose a psalm played in Israelite liturgy. Its purpose helps the reader today to better understand any psalm
- interaction with other ancient near eastern literature, when relevant
- textual notes on the Hebrew, with his own careful translation. He notes when the text is confusing, for example, but walks the reader through the issues
- a good section called "Comment," in which Craigie covers the important points, theology, and usage of the psalm
- and a concluding section called "Explanation" that connects the psalm to New Testament or Christian theology, to present-day concerns of Christians. He often says something helpful and edifying.
I recommend the volume highly. Even without knowledge of Hebrew, the reader will benefit from it. And for those with Hebrew and some background in the ancient near east (and in the historiography of this literature), it is probably the best, more recent work available.
This is a superb survey of Psalms interpretation, and his own reflection and hermeneutic is inspiring in the least. Use it above even the likes of Casemann, Mays, and Bruegemann.
Joseph A. Weaks
Craigie then discusses each Psalm in turn. Following the format of the Word Biblical Commentary series as a whole, the commentary on each Psalm begins with a translation, followed by notes on that translation, then a section on "form/structure/setting," and finally sections commenting on the individual verses themselves and an explanation of the entire Psalm. While some of the information in the commentary is intended for the scholar (particularly one with a working knowledge of Hebrew), there is also much of value to pastors and laypersons who want to gain insight into the devotional value of the Psalms. Reading Craigie's comments on the first 50 Psalms will give one a greater appreciation of the message of these songs of the Israelites.
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Excellent, concise discussion. Good background material. A must have.Published 8 months ago by Roland Ludlam