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The Psalms as Christian Worship: An Historical Commentary Paperback – November 22, 2010
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Reading the footnotes to the translation is (I suppose) like visiting a class in the exegesis of selected Psalms. The footnotes often refer to "IBHS," which I presume to be An Introduction to Biblical Hebrew Syntax.
What can one say of the text, especially the commentary? Perhaps this: it is one of the finest books I have read in the past fifty years.
Thanks be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ.
The biggest part of the book containes commentaries and interpretation of selected psalms by Bruce K. Waltke.
(Sorry for my English)
This is not just another commentary on the book of Psalms, it is the Crown Jewel of two of the world's finest scholars, representing over five decades of scholarship. James Houston has beautifully documented the historical tale of each psalm like no one else, and made accessible ancient material that has yet to be translated for the English reader. Bruce Waltke is unrivaled in the care and precision he gives to exegesis. There is no stone left unturned in the breadth of scholarship; each and every Hebrew word is plumbed to its depths and, in typical Waltke fashion, summarized in a concise sentence that summarizes decades of research. Because of the detail and depth given to each psalm, only 13 psalms are covered; but the diverse selection gives the reader a broad scope of the type of psalms in the Psalter, not to mention the necessary tools for further study.
2. IT IS UNIQUE IN ITS PRESENTATION
No other commentary integrates...
a. the historical voice of the Psalter that bathes the student in humility and appreciation for the faithful witnesses of the past, many of whom memorized the entire Psalter and viewed the Psalms as vital to their spirituality, with...
b. a comprehensive history of Biblical interpretation and evaluation of modern approaches that allows the student to navigate his or her way through the complex sea of modern scholarship with...
c. accurate exegesis that, contrary to the vast majority of modern commentaries, begins by carefully and methodically substantiating the validity of David's authorship and with it, the historical superscripts as vital to understanding the original voice of the poem. Understanding that these petitions were primarily the prayers of Israel's king to further God's kingdom both in breadth (among the nations) and in depth (among God's people) makes the Psalms come alive, not to mention unraveling vast difficulties in interpretation. (For example, Waltke gives great help how to interpret and apply the so-called "imprecatory psalms"). Along with the grammatical-historical approach, Waltke enriches us with...
d. the proper use of modern literary criticism, literary structures, and subtle nuances of Hebrew poetic techniques, and it doesn't stop there. To these multiple layers we are given...
e. passionate canonical application in the life of Jesus and the church (a rare find in Old Testament commentaries).
I sincerely doubt this volume will ever be surpassed. My only disappointment with the book is that it was published as a paperback and not a hardback. This makes it difficult to read without breaking the spine, as well as difficult to write in or take notes in the margin, not to mention subjecting it to shorter life span.
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