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Encountering the Book of Psalms

Encountering the Book of Psalms - 01 edition

Encountering the Book of Psalms - 01 edition

ISBN13: 9780801027956

ISBN10: 0801027950

Encountering the Book of Psalms by C. Hassell Bullock - ISBN 9780801027956
Cover type: Paperback
Edition: 01
Copyright: 2001
Publisher: Baker Academic
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Encountering the Book of Psalms by C. Hassell Bullock - ISBN 9780801027956

ISBN13: 9780801027956

ISBN10: 0801027950

Cover type: Paperback
Edition: 01

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According to author Hassell Bullock, "No collection of poems has ever exercised as much influence on the Western world as the Book of Psalms." The attraction for Jews, Christians, as well as nonbelievers is surely the personal element that pervades these poems, which describe the human situation in all its complexity. Though the Psalms are perhaps the most familiar portion of the Hebrew Bible, they are also among the most difficult to interpret. As a result, Bullock has created this guide to introduce students to the study and interpretation of the Psalms.

Encountering the Book of Psalms begins by examining literary and hermeneutical dimensions. Bullock discusses the nature, structure, and authorship of the Psalter and provides readers with specific principles for interpretation. He goes on to examine the use of Psalms in worship from the ancient world to the twenty-first century. He further explores how the psalmists used historical reflection to serve their theological purposes and concludes with an investigation of different types of psalms (e.g., praise, lament, and wisdom).

Like other volumes in the Encountering Biblical Studies series, Encountering the Book of Psalms is designed for classroom use and includes a number of helpful features, including chapter objectives and outlines, sidebars, charts, and illustrations.

Table of Contents

Table of Contents

Pt. 1. Encountering the Literary and Hermeneutical Dimensions of the Psalms

1. "Begin the Music": Introducing the Psalms
2. Listening to the Symphony of Praise: Interpreting the Psalms
3. The Seams of the Garment of Praise: The Structure of the Book

Pt. 2. Encountering the Psalms as Worship and Historical Reflection

4. The Psalms in Worship and Faith
5. Encountering Theology and History in the Psalms

Pt. 3. Encountering the Psalms as Literary and Theological Types

6. "Praise the Lord, O My Soul; All My Inmost Being, Praise His Holy Name": The Psalms of Praise
7. "My God, My God, Why Have You Forsaken Me?" Psalms of Lament
8. "I Love the Lord, for He Heard My Voice; He Heard My Cry for Mercy": Psalms of Thanksgiving
9. "The Lord Is My Shepherd, I Shall Not Want": Psalms of Trust
10. "You Are My Son; Today I Have Become Your Father": Psalms of the Earthly King
11. "The Lord Reigns": Psalms of the Heavenly King
12. "My Mouth Will Speak Words of Widsom": The Wisdom Psalms
13. "The Law of the Lord Is Perfect, Reviving the Soul": The Psalms of Torah
14. "May They Be Blotted Out of the Book of Life": The Imprecatory Psalms

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