Interpreting the Psalms: An Exegetical Handbook
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The book of Psalms is perhaps the most frequently used book of the Old Testament. We sing them, pray them, and contemplate their application to our lives during corporate and person worship. In the psalms we encounter God, others, and ourselves in life's joys and sorrows, tragedies and triumphs. They also present interpretive challenges. Their poetic form has few if any points of contact with English poetry. Their analogies are far from what today can relate to. How to interpret the psalms in order to use them effectively in our own lives and in the lives of others is the focus of this volume.

The Handbooks for Old Testament Exegesis series seeks to present the reader with a better understanding of the different Old Testament genres, and provide strategies for preaching and teaching genres. These volumes are primarily intended to serve as textbooks for graduate-level exegesis courses that assume a basic knowledge of Hebrew. However, the series is also accessible to those without a working knowledge of Hebrew, in that an English translation is always given whenever Hebrew is used.

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Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 272
Vendor: Kregel Publications
Publication Date: 2007
Dimensions: 9.00 X 6.00 (inches)
ISBN: 0825427657
ISBN-13: 9780825427657
Series: Handbooks for Old Testament Exegesis

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This second contribution to the "Handbooks for Old Testament Exegesis" series continues the admirable tradition set by Robert B. Chisholm Jr. in "Interpreting the Historical Books." A valuable resource for pastors and students, "Interpreting the Psalms" begins by explaining the nature of Hebrew poetry and the purpose of the Psalms. An accomplished scholar of the Psalms, Mark Futato next explores issues related to properly interpreting Israel's songbook, and concludes with a sample of moving from interpretation to proclamation. A glossary is included.

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  1. Jimmy Reagan
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    Jimmy Reagan
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    In the series Handbooks for Old Testament Exegesis that teaches us how to interpret the different genres of the Old Testament, the Book of Psalms is rightfully seen as so important as to receive its own volume in the series. This book will complement Interpreting Poetry, which can also be found in this series by Kregel.

    Chapter 1 discusses appreciating poetry and seeks to differentiate Hebrew poetry from what is common in our culture. For one thing, rhyming is not important in Hebrew poetry. This chapter also serves to define all the terms like line, colon, by-colon, strophe, stanza, and correspondence. The chapter also seeks to explain imagery and patterns. As you will find throughout the book, many examples are pulled from the Book of Psalms to make his point.

    The next chapter on Viewing the Whole was one of the best in the entire book. The author gave much discussion on the purpose and message of the Psalms where he found the theme of the book to be the kingship of God and the eschatological hope that our King is coming.

    Chapter 3 is about preparing for interpretation. In this chapter, we learn to ascertain the historical setting of a Psalm, to see the timelessness of the Psalms, and how to do text criticism. This chapter ends with bibliographic suggestions for further study. Chapter 4 is about interpreting the categories, or as we might normally express it, the genres. He explains how these things guide our expectations and give another level of context to help us. Chapter 5 moves us on to the sermon and putting into practice what weve learned in the book. The book is concluded with a helpful glossary.

    This book by Mr. Futato, and edited by David Howard, is a worthy addition to this series. It stacks up well with the others that I have had the chance to use. It gives hermeneutic help in the narrow, but vitally important, Book of Psalms. I highly recommend it.

    I received this book free from the publisher. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commissions 16 CFR, Part 255.
  2. c.j.
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    January 4, 2010
    c.j.
    As an introductory book on the Psalms,this book cuts to the chase by providingkeys for structural, interpretive, theological,and practical analysis. Youdo not need to know Hebrew in order tobenefit from reading this book. If youare going to preach and teach from thePsalms protractedly, read this book first!
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