Most books on the Psalms are either overly technical or over-spiritualized. William Bellinger's organized, intelligent method of studying the Psalter rescues both preachers and laypeople from those unhelpful approaches. He first explains how three elements of a Psalm---setting, shape, and poetic nature---affect proper exegesis. Then he applies his interpretive method to five different types of psalms, giving readers a chance to see the method in action. Includes a glossary, questions for further study, and indexes.
A leading authority on the Psalms and a seasoned teacher presents a new edition of an already successful book. W. H. Bellinger takes account of the latest developments in Psalms studies and presents a nuanced approach in this accessible and concise primer. Not only will students of the Psalms appreciate these studies but church leaders teaching from the Psalms will also gain new insight from this classic text.
W. H. Bellinger Jr. (PhD, University of Cambridge) is professor of religion and chair of the department at Baylor University in Waco, Texas. He currently serves on the steering committee for the Book of Psalms Section of the Society of Biblical Literature and is on the editorial board of Catholic Biblical Quarterly. He is the author of several volumes on the Psalms.