Psalms (Volume 1) (Niv Application Commentary Series)
In this newest addition to the NIVAC series, Dr Gerald H Wilson examines Psalms 1-72, bringing together over 20 years of personal research and teaching. Bridging the distance from the prayer and worship of ancient Israel to the contemporary life...
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In this newest addition to the NIVAC series, Dr Gerald H Wilson examines Psalms 1-72, bringing together over 20 years of personal research and teaching. Bridging the distance from the prayer and worship of ancient Israel to the contemporary life of faith, this volume challenges us to see familiar psalms with new eyes. 992 pages, from Zondervan.
Perhaps more clearly than any other part of the biblical canon, the Psalms are human words directed to God. Yet, through the Holy Spirit, these honest, sometimes brutal words return to us as the Word of God. Their agonies and exaltations reflect more than the human condition in which they were created. Within the context of the canonical Psalter, they become the source of divine guidance, challenge, confrontation, and comfort. However, it is possible to misapply them. How can we use the Psalms in a way that faithfully connects God's meaning in them and his intentions for them with our circumstances today?Drawing on over twenty years of study in the book of Psalms, Dr. Gerald H. Wilson reveals the links between the Bible and our present times. While he considers each psalm in itself, Wilson goes much further, examining whole groups of psalms and, ultimately, the entire Psalter, its purpose, and its use from the days of Hebrew temple worship onward through church history. In so doing, W
In this newest addition to the NIV Application Commentary series, Dr. Gerald H. Wilson examines the first 2 books of the Psalter (Psalms 172), bringing together over 20 years of personal research and teaching. Wilson9s seminal work on the shape and shaping of the Hebrew Psalter has opened a new avenue of psalms research by shifting focus from exclusive attention to individual psalms (through form critical analysis) to include the significance of groups of psalms and the arrangement of the Psalter as a whole. Bridging the distance from the prayer and worship of ancient Israel to the contemporary life of faith, this volume challenges the reader to see familiar psalms with new eyes. Individual interpretation is coupled with insight into the influence of the broader context, and the shaping of the book of Psalms as a whole is explored so that the Psalter emerges as a unified collection with a purpose of its own. When complete, the two-volume set will include original discussions of the shaping of the 5 books of the Psalter and of the collection as a whole, as well as extended consideration of Hebrew poetics, and the theology of the psalms. Scholars and students, clergy and laity will find this volume a stimulating window onto the historical, literary, and spiritual riches of the psalms.
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Gerald H. Wilson (1945-2005), PhD, Yale University, was professor of Old Testament and biblical Hebrew at Azusa Pacific University. He wrote The Editing of the Hebrew Psalter, The Book of Job in the New International Bible Commentary and Psalms 1-72 New International Version Application Commentary, and numerous articles for journals, encyclopaedias, and reviews.