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Wonderful Little Book,
This review is from: War Psalms of the Prince of Peace: Lessons from the Imprecatory Psalms (Paperback)
I bought this book based on good reviews and it came from within the Reformed theological traditions. I wasn't disappointed.
It attempts to take the imprecatory psalms seriously. It doesn't pass them off as being bad morality we shouldn't follow. It doesn't try to place them as Old Covenant ethics instead of from a new, better way.
The author's resolution, and it is a grand insight, is that these psalms are the prayers of Christ Himself. He makes a strong case. And I think he is right. However, I don not think these are only Christ's psalms. The best critique of this book I have found is an honors thesis which can be found online by John Day.
The basic takeaway from that work is that there are curses in other sections of the Bible which aren't Christ's prayers. Peter with Simon the Sorcerer and Paul in Galatians come to mind. Given these passages, I would go with a both-and approach. The imprecatory psalms are Christ's prayers to the Father and we can make the psalms are own. As could the original authors. But they find their ultimate fulfillment in the Messiah.
Now, beyond that, this book also acts as a tour guide. It helps introduce you to the imprecatory psalms so you can make them your own. It is incredibly valuable and will add to your understanding of the Messiah-centric nature of the Psalms and the Old Testament in general, not just the imprecatory psalms.