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The Psalms : An Introduction - James L. Crenshaw

The Psalms

An Introduction

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Published: 1st January 2001
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This volume offers one of the best available introductions to the psalms literature of the Bible. Specially designed for use in a wide range of educational settings, James Crenshaw's new book will help beginning students read the psalms with understanding and appreciation.Part 1 examines the composition and major features of the book of Psalms. Comparisons to other biblical psalms and to deutero- and noncanonical psalms are also made. Part 2 surveys the various approaches to the Psalter, illustrating with great clarity the various modes of interpreting the book, Crenshaw looks in particular at the types of psalms, their social settings, and the historical reconstruction of the Israelite experience, with special attention to ancient Near Eastern iconography. Artistic design and theological editing are also discussed, In Part 3 Crenshaw offers in-depth exegesis of four notable psalms -- 24, 71, 73, and 115 -- to show how one might fruitfully engage the text.Given its range of discussion and highly accessible style, The Psalms: An Introduction will quickly become a standard text for classroom use.

Prefacep. ix
Introductionp. 1
Origins
The Individual Collectionsp. 13
Related Psalmsp. 41
Approaches to Psalms
The Psalms as Prayersp. 55
Psalms as a Source of Historical Datap. 72
Classification by Typesp. 80
Excursus: Wisdom Psalmsp. 87
Artistic and Theological Designp. 96
Some Readings
Standing near the Flame: Psalm 73p. 109
The Resounding Negation: Psalm 115p. 128
Life's Deepest Apprehension: Psalm 71p. 142
Knowing Whose You Are: Psalm 24p. 155
Conclusionp. 168
Select Bibliographyp. 170
Glossaryp. 172
Index of Subjectsp. 173
Index of Authorsp. 175
Index of Biblical Referencesp. 178
Index of Hebrew and Greek Wordsp. 186
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ISBN: 9780802808547
ISBN-10: 0802808549
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 200
Published: 1st January 2001
Publisher: William B Eerdmans Publishing Co
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 22.9 x 15.2  x 1.1
Weight (kg): 0.3