Powerfully alluring one moment and troubling the next, the Psalms are perhaps the most meditated-upon texts in human history.
In this theological reading of Psalms 1-50, Ellen Charry draws on patristic, rabbinic, medieval, and modern interpretations to explore various voices in the poems and discern the conversation they engage about God, suffering, community, worship, and hope.
The biblical psalms are perhaps the most commented-upon texts in human history. They are at once deeply alluring and deeply troubling. In this addition to the acclaimed Brazos Theological Commentary on the Bible, a highly respected scholar offers a theological reading of Psalms 1-50, exploring the various voices in the poems to discern the conversation they engage about God, suffering, and hope as well as ways of community belonging. The commentary examines the context of the psalms as worship--tending to both their original setting and their subsequent Jewish and Christian appropriation--and explores the psychological dynamics facing the speaker. Foreword by William P. Brown.
Ellen T. Charry (PhD, Temple University) is Margaret W. Harmon Professor of Theology at Princeton Theological Seminary in Princeton, New Jersey. She is the author of several books, including God and the Art of Happiness, and serves as an editor-at-large for The Christian Century.