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Number of Pages: 214
Vendor: Westminster John Knox Press
Publication Date: 2013
Series: Old Testament for Everyone
Westminster John Knox Press is pleased to present the seventeen-volume Old Testament for Everyone series. Internationally respected Old Testament scholar John Goldingay addresses Scripture from Genesis to Malachi in such a way that even the most challenging passages are explained simply and concisely. The series is perfect for daily devotions, group study, or personal visits with the Bible.
In this volume, Goldingay explores Psalms 1-72. The psalms, Goldingay says, show us four ways to speak to God: in words of praise, thanksgiving, trust, and supplication. Goldingay provides brief commentary on each psalm and shows how each one can be relevant to contemporary life.
This series truly is for everyone who wants to grow in his or her understanding of the Old Testament.
Goldingay writes for everyone as a master teacher, pastor, and friend.
Reflections that can richly inform faith and life.
-Terence E. Fretheim
Dr NicholsonCaliforniaAge: 35-44Gender: male4 Stars Out Of 5A Useful Introduction to PsalmsNovember 13, 2013Dr NicholsonCaliforniaAge: 35-44Gender: maleQuality: 4Value: 5Meets Expectations: 4This review, by Dr. Nicholson, has been provided courtesy of Desert Bible Institute (www.desertbibleinstitute.com).
It took me a little while to decide how I felt about John Goldingay's book Pslams for Everyone: Part 1 due in part to the kinds of commentaries that I usually use to study. What I have become accustom to over the years is a verse-by-verse exposition on the individual psalms. If that is what you're looking for, this isn't the book for you. Goldingay, as the title suggests, has not written this book for a biblical scholar or an experienced pastor but the average person. One morning while I was having my coffee however I had an epiphany. I realized that this would be a great book for a morning devotional or a small group study for new believers. If that is what you're looking for, keep reading, this might just be the book for you.
Goldingay is fond of using personal anecdotes to put a particular passage into context. He picks something from his, or someone close to his, life and touches on one of the predominate principles shared in the psalm. This is clearly done to make the passage accessible to the average reader. The poetic style of a psalm can make it seem unapproachable to a Western reader. It seems Goldingay is attempting to break through this wall in order to introduce his readers to the psalm.
Another common element is for Goldingay to choose a contemporary topic, issue, or trend and relate that same key idea to it. This has the added effect of taking an example from his life and applying it more broadly. It seems likely that through this he will make the topic being discussed seem more relevant to the reader. While the topic he chooses to focus on may or may not be at the heart of a given psalm, Goldingay undoubtedly puts his readers at ease and helps them understand that these Old Testament poems/songs relate to them in their daily lives.
Lastly, Goldingay picks some key words or phrases to explore in each psalm. Some of these are meant to introduce the reader to biblical terminology. Others are used to show the connotation or denotation of a particular word. On occasion, the word or phrase he chooses helps the reader understand the context of what is being said. All of these ideas are simple, brief, and straight-forward. Clearly, his point here is to simply introduce the book rather to dig in deep.
The book ends up being a very casual, largely narrative, examination of Psalms that will prove useful to those trying to understand it for the first time. It will likely prove useful in encouraging readers to study the book further getting a deeper and relevant understanding of the book as they grow in their biblical understanding.
Trent Nicholson, Ph.D., D.Min.
Desert Bible Institute, President
Dr. Nicholson reviews academic, Christian living, and fiction books for a variety of publishers in an array of formats. He is never paid for any of his reviews. He writes these strictly as a courtesy to his students at Desert Bible Institute and for any other readers that might find his insights valuable. For more reviews or information, visit Dr. Nicholson's blog at drtnicholson.wordpress.com.
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