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Jimmy ReaganLeesville, SCAge: 45-54Gender: male5 Stars Out Of 5Great for Pastors!February 25, 2018Jimmy ReaganLeesville, SCAge: 45-54Gender: maleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5This commentary on the Book of Psalms was easily one of the most acclaimed in the original EBC commentary series. Many rate it one of the best on Psalms for pastors while scholars cant deny its expertise, so it was wise for the publishers to ask Mr. VanGemeren to update his earlier work to extend its life for another generation of pastors.
Though it is not a major revision, the Introduction gives a great overview of the Book of Psalms. The author begins by seeing the place of the Psalms in the life of Israel, and then wisely describes the Psalms as both our word to God and Gods Word to us. Thats an outstanding way to think about the Psalms! Next, he gets into the nuts and bolts of Psalms. That includes a discussion of Hebrew poetry, its use of parallelism, and literary analysis. From there, he dives into the forms and the formation of the Psalter. That includes a breakdown of the types of Psalms, his thoughts on editorial shaping of the Psalms, and doing a holistic reading of the Psalter. In discussing themes, he highlights the names of God, the perfections of God, the acts of God, the hope of redemption and righteousness, the kingdom of God, the Davidic Messiah, and wisdom from above. After a brief section on composition, he gets into structure. That requires going deeper in some of the subjects like parallelism and other literary devices that were brought up earlier. All told, he covers 16 of these literary devices. He reviews literary genre and discusses praise, lament, and other types of Psalms like enthronement, wisdom, and other miscellaneous types. Theres a quite helpful discussion of Psalm titles including people, background, and musical information. Theres a bibliography and outline before he begins the commentary.
The commentary includes the text, verse by verse commentary, and exegetical notes. At key places, there are sections called reflections that go deeper into repeated themes. The commentary itself is superb. Ive used and loved the old edition for years, and am glad to have this revised edition for the years ahead. Theyve even made the font larger and dedicated the whole of volume 5 for this one outstanding commentary on the Book of Psalms.
Pastors, the hype matches reality! This is a great commentary for you. Dont miss it!
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The Geeky Calvinist5 Stars Out Of 5Best Commentary on PsalmsSeptember 23, 2017The Geeky CalvinistQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5The expositors Bible commentary has been recognized as one of the leading Commentary series for the past quarter-century. Having started in 1978 and completed in 1992 is Commentary series was in sore need of a revised updated Edition. Therefore in 2008 the expositors Bible commentary begin its revised Edition of all of its 13 volumes of commentary. Completed in 2012 this Commentary series Bose updated commentaries of almost every book included in the previous version as well as fleshing out a previous commentaries as well.
Perhaps the best updated version in this Commentary series is that of the commentary on the book of Psalms by Willem A. VanGemeren. In a revised edition of the series Psalms has been expanded a pain to the point it gets a volume entirely unto itself. Weighing in at over 1000 Pages this is one of the fullest treatments from a conservative perspective on the book of Psalms. This commentary sits at the top of most pastors commentary list for this book of wisdom literature.
Not only is this book touted as one of the best volumes in the series it is one of the best volumes on the book of Psalms ever to be published. Each Psalm is Thoroughly treated looking not only at the Hebrew text but dealing with critical questions, exegetical points, and practical application. This commentary truly is for both the pastor and Scholar. Furthermore it is not an accessible to the Layman who desires to get a thorough treatment of Psalms for their understanding. I highly recommend this commentary as the first pick of any Pastor for a series on the book of Psalms as well as to the scholar who is looking to write a paper on a specific theme or Psalm. You can truly not go wrong with this superb commentary on the book of Psalms.
This book was provided to me free of charge from Zondervan Academic in exchange for an unbiased, honest review.
The Expositors Bible Commentary: Volume 5: Psalms
2008 by Willem A. VanGemeren
Publisher: Zondervan Academic
Page Count: 1024 Pages
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