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The book of Psalms, the book of prayers Jesus and Paul knew best, have served as the central hymnbook for the church since its inception--until today. As such, Wright calls us to return to the Psalms as a steady, vital component of healthy Christian living.
Reading, studying, and praying the Psalms is God's means for teaching us what it means to be human:
- how to express our emotions and yearning
- how to reconcile anger and compassion
- how to see our story in God's sweeping narrative
Number of Pages: 208
Publication Date: 2013
|Dimensions: 8.25 X 5.50 X 0.77 (inches)|
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One of the world's most trusted Bible scholars, N. T. Wright turns his attention to the central collection of prayers that Jesus and Paul knew best: the book of Psalms. Wright points out that the Psalms have served as the central prayer and hymnbook for the church since its beginning—until now. In The Case for the Psalms, Wright calls us to return to the Psalms as a steady, vital component of healthy Christian living.
Reading, studying, and praying the Psalms is God's means for teaching us what it means to be human: how to express our emotions and yearnings, how to reconcile our anger and our compassion, how to see our story in light of God's sweeping narrative of salvation. Wright provides the tools for understanding and incorporating these crucial verses into our own lives. His conclusion is simple: all Christians need to read, pray, sing, and live the Psalms.
N. T. Wright is the former bishop of Durham in the Church of England and one of the world's leading Bible scholars. He is now serving as the Chair of New Testament and Early Christianity at the School of Divinity at the University of St. Andrews. For twenty years he taught New Testament studies at Cambridge, McGill, and Oxford Universities, and he has been featured on ABC News, Dateline, The Colbert Report, and Fresh Air. Wright is the award-winning author of Surprised by Scripture, The Case for the Psalms, How God Became King, Simply Jesus, After You Believe, Surprised by Hope, Simply Christian, Scripture and the Authority of God, The Meaning of Jesus (coauthored with Marcus Borg), as well as being the translator for The Kingdom New Testament.
“Prayer is an act of rebellion. In this incisive and fresh look at the Book of the Psalms, N.T. Wright invites us to enter an alternative worldview that the Psalms embody. Let this book lead you to the Psalmsbut beware, it’s the wardrobe door into a new world order.”
“In The Case for the Psalms, Tom Wright invites readers to enter the biblical world of praise and prayer and be transformed by it. With characteristic clarity, vividness, and depth, Wright’s book will not only encourage you to read the Psalms, but to live them.”
“All our greatest treasures have a way of getting lost--then rediscovered. I can think of few greater treasures than the great songbook of the songs. I can think of no one better suited to explaining why and how they are to be treasured than N.T. Wright.”
“Wright… knows the Bible about as well as he knows his name, and on this go plumbs the Psalms. The author’s reflections are pastoral, urging the reader to understand and then pray and sing the Psalms.”
“Wright finds both personal and ecclesiastical possibilities in the Psalms . . . mining poems for their meaning, seeking context, and searching for resonances in other locations . . . both informed and affecting.”
“[N.T. Wright] writes a context for what he quotes that is almost as graceful, if not as stunningly beautiful, as the Psalms themselves.”
“N. T. Wright urges both believers and church communities to revive the practice of praying, singing, living and ‘breathing’ psalms in everyday life. …Helpful for pastors or any Christian seeking a new perspective on the Psalms.”
Graham CudlippPrescott, OntarioAge: Over 65Gender: male5 Stars Out Of 5BrilliantJuly 13, 2015Graham CudlippPrescott, OntarioAge: Over 65Gender: maleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5NT Wright is a brilliant scholar and prolific author.
I will listen to the Sunday psalm with more reverence and understanding after reading this book.
VernClarkrange, TNAge: Over 65Gender: male5 Stars Out Of 5Excellent bookJanuary 17, 2014VernClarkrange, TNAge: Over 65Gender: maleQuality: 5Value: 4Meets Expectations: 5Probably the most enlighting book on the Psalms I have ever read. Whole new prospective on the Psalms. Made me want to go back and reread the Psalms after reading this book.