Tuesday, April 24, 2007

Accessible Interpretation of the Psalms

update: Tyler at Codex has some comments and additional suggestions: click here.

I've been asked to recommend some books that provide "accessible interpretation" of the psalms. Here are a few books that spring to mind. (The section on psalms in the NIB is by Clint McCann.) It seems to me that, in their own way, each of these works take a post-critical, "canonical" approach that allows for theological and pastoral understandings of the Psalter. Do others have additional recommendations or thoughts?


Anonymous Anonymous said...

These are good. I'd also suggest Dietrich Bonhoeffer's Psalms: The Prayer Book of the Bible.

Also, I like little introductions from folks in other fields. So, I like introduction by Bono (lead singer of the band U2) in selections from the book of psalms with an introduction by bono published by Grove Press. The introduction is only like 6 pages, but the book only costs $2.95. Also, Kathleen Norris has a fantastic introduction in the Riverhead Sacred Text Series The Psalms with Commentary by Kathleen Norris.


Tue Apr 24, 06:09:00 PM GMT-5  
Blogger Eliz F said...

If people are interested in difficult psalms, Ellen Davis has good material in "Getting Involved with God: Understanding the OT." I also like Zenger, "A God of Divine Wrath? Understanding the Psalms of Divine Wrath." Lyn Fraser also has a book on difficult psalms, although it's more spiritual/experiential than exegetical/academic.

Wed Apr 25, 06:05:00 AM GMT-5  
Blogger S and C said...

Excellent suggestions, you two. Many thanks! ---S.

Wed Apr 25, 07:34:00 AM GMT-5  

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