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Psalms 1-41 (Volume 1) (Baker Commentary On The Old Testament Wisdom And Psalms Series)

John GoldingayTremper Iii Longman (Ed)

Psalms 1-41 (Volume 1) (Baker Commentary On The Old Testament Wisdom And Psalms Series)

John GoldingayTremper Iii Longman (Ed)

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In this first volume of a three-volume commentary on the book of Psalms, Old Testament scholar John Goldingay provides a lucid introduction to the Psalter and fresh commentary on Psalms 1-41. Writing with a scholar's eye and a pastor's heart, Goldingay considers the literary, historical, and grammatical dimensions of the text as well as its theological implications. The resulting commentary will bring the Psalms to life for a new generation of students.

In addition to the commentary on Psalms 1-41, this volume contains Goldingay's introduction to the entire book of Psalms. This thorough introduction provides unique perspectives on matters such as the purpose of the Psalter, Psalms and history, poetry in the Psalms, the Psalms and worship, the Psalms and spirituality, and the Psalms and theology. Each chapter of the commentary proper contains the author's translation of a particular psalm, which shows in English some of the salient features of the Hebrew text. An interpretation of the psalm, section-by-section, follows. Also included is an extensive glossary section treating the vocabulary of Psalms 1-41 and noting how certain words are used to convey critical concepts.

This is the third volume in the Baker Commentary on the Old Testament Wisdom and Psalms series. This series is tailored to the distinctives of poetry and wisdom literature. Features include:

* Emphasis on the message of the biblical book
* Special attention to poetic structure and literary devices
* Incisive comments based on the author's translation of the Hebrew text
* Exegetical rigor, incorporating linguistic, historical, and canonical insights
* Closing reflections on each section that explore the text's theological dimensions
* Textual notes that provide resources for advanced readers

Additional volumes planned for the series are Job by Tremper Longman III and Ecclesiastes by Craig G. Bartholomew. 640 pages, from Baker Books.


- Publisher "One of our premier interpreters, John Goldingay, offers here a comprehensive treatment of the Psalms. Rarely does one find such a combination of close attention to grammatical and syntactical features joined with literary sensitivity, and all of it aimed at theological appropriation of the Psalms. Don't be surprised to find Anne Lamott alongside Luther, Calvin, Aquinas, and Isaac Watts. A basic resource for studying the Psalms."--Patrick D. Miller, professor of Old Testament theology emeritus, Princeton Theological Seminary"John Goldingay has come to this commentary on Psalms 1-41 after extensive work in other areas of biblical study. He has written a major commentary that incorporates solid, mainline scholarship, and it belongs with leading commentaries on the Psalter. His readers will find him to be a competent, mature, and careful guide in interpreting the Psalms. I recommend his work, and I look forward to further commentary from him."--Marvin E. Tate, senior professor of Old Testament, The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary"This is a fine commentary on the first part of the book of Psalms, combining excellent scholarship and deep, practical spiritual reflection. Readers will find it to be an invaluable resource for their own life journeys, not least in the constructive challenge it presents to some modern Christian understandings of biblical spirituality."--Iain Provan, Marshall Sheppard Professor of Biblical Studies, Regent College"Once again, John Goldingay has given us exemplary scholarship that will serve both church and academy very well indeed. The commentary is filled with mature theological insights, fresh ideas, and thoughtful reflections for contemporary appropriation. The clear and imaginative introduction alone is worth the price of the book."--Terence E. Fretheim, Elva B. Lovell Professor of Old Testament, Luther Seminary"Pastors will benefit from Goldingay's lucid discussion of interpretive issues, which is always informed by the faith of the church. Scholars will be well served by the insightful textual notes and extensive bibliography. In sum, this volume is a welcome resource for the study of the Psalms from which many different readers may glean."--Jerome F. D. Creach, Robert C. Holland Professor of Old Testament, Pittsburgh Theological Seminary

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About "Psalms 1-41 (Volume 1) (Baker Commentary On The Old Testament Wisdom And Psalms Series)"

In this first volume of a three-volume commentary on the book of Psalms, Old Testament scholar John Goldingay provides a lucid introduction to the Psalter and fresh commentary on Psalms 1-41. Writing with a scholar's eye and a pastor's heart, Goldingay considers the literary, historical, and grammatical dimensions of the text as well as its theological implications. The resulting commentary will bring the Psalms to life for a new generation of students.

In addition to the commentary on Psalms 1-41, this volume contains Goldingay's introduction to the entire book of Psalms. This thorough introduction provides unique perspectives on matters such as the purpose of the Psalter, Psalms and history, poetry in the Psalms, the Psalms and worship, the Psalms and spirituality, and the Psalms and theology. Each chapter of the commentary proper contains the author's translation of a particular psalm, which shows in English some of the salient features of the Hebrew text. An interpretation of the psalm, section-by-section, follows. Also included is an extensive glossary section treating the vocabulary of Psalms 1-41 and noting how certain words are used to convey critical concepts.

This is the third volume in the Baker Commentary on the Old Testament Wisdom and Psalms series. This series is tailored to the distinctives of poetry and wisdom literature. Features include:

* Emphasis on the message of the biblical book
* Special attention to poetic structure and literary devices
* Incisive comments based on the author's translation of the Hebrew text
* Exegetical rigor, incorporating linguistic, historical, and canonical insights
* Closing reflections on each section that explore the text's theological dimensions
* Textual notes that provide resources for advanced readers

Additional volumes planned for the series are Job by Tremper Longman III and Ecclesiastes by Craig G. Bartholomew. 640 pages, from Baker Books.

- Publisher

"One of our premier interpreters, John Goldingay, offers here a comprehensive treatment of the Psalms. Rarely does one find such a combination of close attention to grammatical and syntactical features joined with literary sensitivity, and all of it aimed at theological appropriation of the Psalms. Don't be surprised to find Anne Lamott alongside Luther, Calvin, Aquinas, and Isaac Watts. A basic resource for studying the Psalms."--Patrick D. Miller, professor of Old Testament theology emeritus, Princeton Theological Seminary"John Goldingay has come to this commentary on Psalms 1-41 after extensive work in other areas of biblical study. He has written a major commentary that incorporates solid, mainline scholarship, and it belongs with leading commentaries on the Psalter. His readers will find him to be a competent, mature, and careful guide in interpreting the Psalms. I recommend his work, and I look forward to further commentary from him."--Marvin E. Tate, senior professor of Old Testament, The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary"This is a fine commentary on the first part of the book of Psalms, combining excellent scholarship and deep, practical spiritual reflection. Readers will find it to be an invaluable resource for their own life journeys, not least in the constructive challenge it presents to some modern Christian understandings of biblical spirituality."--Iain Provan, Marshall Sheppard Professor of Biblical Studies, Regent College"Once again, John Goldingay has given us exemplary scholarship that will serve both church and academy very well indeed. The commentary is filled with mature theological insights, fresh ideas, and thoughtful reflections for contemporary appropriation. The clear and imaginative introduction alone is worth the price of the book."--Terence E. Fretheim, Elva B. Lovell Professor of Old Testament, Luther Seminary"Pastors will benefit from Goldingay's lucid discussion of interpretive issues, which is always informed by the faith of the church. Scholars will be well served by the insightful textual notes and extensive bibliography. In sum, this volume is a welcome resource for the study of the Psalms from which many different readers may glean."--Jerome F. D. Creach, Robert C. Holland Professor of Old Testament, Pittsburgh Theological Seminary
- Publisher

Meet the Authors

John Goldingay

John Goldingay (Ph.D., University of Nottingham) is David Allan Hubbard Professor of Old Testament at Fuller Theological Seminary in Pasadena, California. His books include Models for Scripture; Models for Interpretation of Scripture; Walk On; and commentaries on Psalms (Baker Commentary on the Old Testament Wisdom and Psalms - 3 volumes); Isaiah (New International Bible Commentary); Daniel (Word Biblical Commentary); The Message of Isaiah 40-55: A Literary-Theological Commentary; and with David Payne, Isaiah 40-66 (International Critical Commentary - 2 volumes), and the recently completed Old Testament Theology(three volumes from InterVarsity Press). His major project is now to complete the series Old Testament for Everyone Bible commentary series
Koorong - Editorial Review.

Tremper Iii Longman (Ed)

Tremper Longman III (Ph.D., Yale University) is Robert H. Gundry Professor of Biblical Studies at Westmont College in Santa Barbara, California. He is also Visiting Professor of Old Testament at Mars Hill Graduate School, Westminster Theological Seminary and adjunct of Old Testament at Fuller Theological Seminary. He lectures regularly at Mars Hill, Regent College in Vancouver and the Canadian Theological Seminary in Calgary.

He is the author of commentaries on The Book of Job (Baker Commentary on the Old Testament Wisdom and Psalms) along with the published volume on Proverbs; Exodus (The Two Horizons Old Testament Commentary) and Jeremiah, Lamentations (New International Biblical Commentary), Daniel, Proverbs, Ecclesiastes and Song of Songs.

Longman is the author of How to Read Genesis, How to Read the Psalms, How to Read Proverbs and Literary Approaches to Biblical Interpretation, and co-editor of A Complete Literary Guide to the Bible and co-author with Dan Allender of Bold Love, Cry of the Soul, Intimate Allies, The Intimate Mystery and The Intimate Marriage Bible Studies.

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4 stars By Eddie Bridge, Dec 25 2008
This is an excellent commentary that combines the best of traditional exegesis and awareness of each psalm as poetic literature.  I think Goldingay has successfully acheived what the promotional information says.
The introduction covers all the usual topics (authorship questions, date of composition of individual psalms and complilation of Psalms, the different types of psalms ('genre') and so on.  The section on psalms and spirituality (pp.58-66) is excellent, particularly since Goldingay writes it with awareness of contemporary Christianity in mind.  It includes a discussion of anger (see esp. p.66).  The section on 'theology in Psalms' is good, but I felt too broad, focussing only on God (very useful), King and messiah (reflecting a topic of debate amongst scholars), and 'life and death'.  Goldingay gives a useful list of psalm types but unfortunately forgets them in the commentary proper, which I find weakens his exegesis somewhat.  However, as against many other scholars, he is against hard and fast theories of life settings for each psalm, which frees them up to be heard for what they are, not what scholars think they are!
The commentary in each psalm is detailed, and always done with an eye for the contemporary world.  This makes for a great exegetical resource (good for Bible collete students!), though with a lot of detail; and readers will need to make sure they differentiate between exegesis proper and Goldingay's application to the contemporary world.
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  • Catalogue Code 239286
  • Product Code 0801027039
  • EAN 9780801027031
  • Pages 640
  • Department Academic
  • Category Old Testament Commentaries
  • Sub-Category Psalms
  • Publisher Baker Book House
  • Publication Date Nov 2006
  • Sales Rank #24746
  • Dimensions 234 x 162 x 45 mm
  • Weight 1.136kg

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