Prayer, Praise and Prophecy: The Theology of the Psalms   -     By: Geoffrey Grogan
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Prayer, Praise and Prophecy: The Theology of the Psalms

Christian Focus / 2002 / Hardcover

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Are the Psalms included in the Bible just a collection of varied poems, or do they have an overriding theological concern which guided both their selection and placement? And if there is a theological concern behind the Psalms, what is it? These are two of the important questions that Geoffrey Grogan set out to answer in his book, Prayer, Praise and Prophecy: A Theology of the Psalms.

Grogan has written a clear and understandable introduction to the entire Book of Psalms. He examines the history of its study, the diversity of its authors, the variety of its forms, and the characteristics of its poetry, tying them all together within a theological framework focusing on God's relationship with His people. Looking at the major themes of the Psalms, one is struck by the awesome and incredible God that appears there. Grogan presents us with a beautiful overview of the God of the Psalms and His interaction with His people, ranging from His creation of them and His rule over them to His speaking with and meeting them to His protection and blessing of them.

Grogan also looks at the structure of the Psalms, attempting to illuminate the purposeful design of whoever compiled the individual psalms into a cohesive whole. Each of the five books tell a certain part of the story of God's interaction with His people, and their order and placement is actually quite significant, according to Grogan. And though the Psalms can't be read together as a whole because of the incredible amount of information, they should, nevertheless, be viewed as a cohesive unit.

Finally, Grogan looks at the fulfillment of the Psalms in the person of Christ. He examines how Christ interpreted the psalms, and how the life and ministry of Christ is the archetype that the psalms pointed to. He then offers information on how we should read and use the psalms today.

Though not as detailed and descriptive as a traditional commentary, Prayer, Praise and Prophecy is a remarkably substantial book, combining Grogan's obvious devotion to God with his impeccable scholarship. This is not just theology, not just literary scholarship, not just history, but a wonderful combination of all three. Written with a light and enjoyable tone, but filled with illuminating information, this book will broaden your awareness of the beauty, cohesiveness and worship inherent in the Book of Psalms.

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Format: Hardcover
Number of Pages: 336
Vendor: Christian Focus
Publication Date: 2002
Dimensions: 8.66 X 5.47 X 1.02 (inches)
ISBN: 1857926420
ISBN-13: 9781857926422
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Publisher's Description

In the Garden of Eden, God walked with Adam and Eve face to face - then the fall separated us. The Psalms are God's gift to us to help reestablish contact, understand his mind and how to connect with him.


Geoffrey Grogan seeks to introduce us to some of the theological dimensions of this important and much love bible book such as:


  • How have the Psalms been interpreted throughout History?

  • Who wrote them and is there a Purpose in their structure?

  • What were they used for and how should we use them today?

  • What do they teach us about God?

  • How are they fulfilled in Christ?

Author Bio

Dr Geoffrey W. Grogan (1925-2011) was Principal Emeritus of Glasgow Bible College, Glasgow. His theological studies were undertaken there and at the London Bible College. He served the College as a full-time lecturer for fourteen years before going south in 1965 to teach at LBC. In 1969 he returned to Glasgow as Principal. He served on four missionary councils, on the Strathclyde Education Committee and the Management Committee for the Cambridge University Diploma in Religious Studies. He wrote books on the Trinity, the Person of Christ, Paul, the Psalms and commentaries on Isaiah, Mark and 2 Corinthians.

Editorial Reviews

...a marvellous handbook to the Psalms. If I were teaching a course on the Psalms, this would be my textbook.
... an excellent overview of the longest book in the Old Testament. It interacts with all the latest research, distils it, and shows the practical ministry implications.
... a book that you want to make time for and what is more, it's a book that both looks and feels good... a joy to read and one that will be re-read... combines theological and scholarly depth with an easy style that makes this a book suitable for academic study, sermon preparation and personal devotion and edification.
... stimulation and edifying, providing both information and inspiration for the preacher.
This is a volume that is written with reverence, care and clarity, and is a significant addition to evangelical literature on the Psalms.
"Written with both clarity and conviction, this study offers many fresh insights, while throughout affirming passionately the great central truths of the Christian faith."
"Geoffrey Grogan's name is sufficient to guarantee a quality work, a high doctrine of Scripture and impeccable scholarship. This very full introduction to the Book of Psalms makes one hope that the author has in mind a full-scale commentary to follow."
"Combines sound scholarship, illuminating insight, thoughtful reflection with a faithful concern for highlighting the pastoral relevance of the Book of Psalms to the Christian's life in the real world."

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