1. How to Read the Psalms
    Tremper Longman III
    InterVarsity Press / 1988 / Trade Paperback
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  1. yellowshaun
    2 Stars Out Of 5
    A revised edition is overdue!
    April 14, 2019
    yellowshaun
    Quality: 2
    Value: 3
    Meets Expectations: 1
    While this book may have gotten a 4 or 5 star review score in the stone age era of 1988 (the book was published the same year I was born), today's digital age takes away much of its shine. A new edition would be welcome for several reasons.

    Firstly, Longman III could update the quotes/interactions with and bibliography/recommendations with more recent commentaries/scholarship (not too difficult with reference to his 2013 Commentary Survey). It would be immensely useful to update the 30-year-old illustrations/explanations/analogies.

    Secondly, although I found Longman III's how to read Genesis (also published by IVP) exceptional, Genesis' genre being a narrative allowed it to be taught through the medium of a book. But because the Psalms is poetry, it is arguably an art more than a science. A video or audio lesson about understanding, interpreting and preaching the Psalms is likely to result in better comprehension for the student. Longman III's text-based approach (without any graphics or diagrams) to explain synonymous or antithetical parallelism was a great challenge for me to understand, even though I have attended a two-week undergrad class in seminary on Wisdom Literature. I'd imagine other lay readers would struggle even more.

    Thirdly, although in the preface Longman III indicated his intention to "make the book readable for the college student while still providing enough substance to make it appropriate for a seminary course on Psalms," the brevity of this title severely affects its depth and comprehensibility. I would argue that he misses the mark on the latter.

    As one of the premier OT scholars, I hope that IVP work with Longman III on releasing an updated version to serve today's readers.
  2. Mrs Sue
    Murray, KY
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: female
    4 Stars Out Of 5
    Positive review
    October 18, 2012
    Mrs Sue
    Murray, KY
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: female
    Quality: 4
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    Meets Expectations: 5
    It was great for my bible college class on the poetic books of the Bible.
  3. Andy Wiebe
    4 Stars Out Of 5
    May 26, 2010
    Andy Wiebe
    This was surprisingly easy to read for a book that is used as a textbook in seminary. It does a wonderful job of explaining some of the characteristics of different Psalms, how to read them and to understand them. It could probably be easily used in a Bible Study or Adult Sunday School class setting. It really opened up the Psalms to me.
  4. Curtis Browning
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    March 1, 2008
    Curtis Browning
    This is an interesting and thoughtful introduction to understanding and using the psalms. I would highly recommend it.
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