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Encountering Psalms (Encountering Biblical Studies Series)

C Hassell Bullock
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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, and others 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 he concludes by investigating 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.

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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, and others 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 he concludes by investigating 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.

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Meet the Author

C Hassell Bullock

C. Hassell Bullock (Ph.D., Hebrew Union College) is Franklin S. Dyrness Professor of Biblical Studies at Wheaton College. He is the author of An Introduction to the Old Testament Poetic Books and coeditor of The Literature and Meaning of Scripture.

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4 stars By David, Dec 13 2017
This is a really good introduction to the Psalms, overviewing the different categories of Psalms. It is quite easy to read - a good balance between being scholarly while understandable to the layman. I would recommend it to Bible College students, anyone wanting a general overview of the Psalms, and anyone interested in preaching a series on the Psalms. Bullock quotes various scholars in this work, and sometimes disagrees with their viewpoints, but always charitably. An excellent book. 
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  • Catalogue Code 387115
  • Product Code 9781441210715
  • ISBN 1441210717
  • EAN 9781441210715
  • Department Academic
  • Category Old Testament Commentaries
  • Sub-Category Psalms
  • Publisher Baker Academic
  • Publication Date Jul 2004
  • Sales Rank #71494
  • DRM Adobe
  • Printable No

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