The Psalms Language for All Seasons of the Soul

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  • Edition: Revised
  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 10/1/2013
  • Publisher: Moody Publishers
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The Psalms: Language for All Seasons of the Soul brings together essays from eighteen Old Testament scholars discussing the latest in Psalms scholarship and applying exegetical insights to the life of faith.

These essays explore the full range of emotion expressed in the Psalms—from elation to distress—while weaving together observations from biblical scholarship and theology. The reader will gain valuable insights into how the Psalms speak to his or her soul.

The book is divided into five sections that:

  1. Give an overview of Psalms studies in the 21st century
  2. Discuss psalms of praise
  3. Explore psalms of lament
  4. Look at the big picture of the Psalter as a book
  5. Present sermons on the Psalms that are models of evangelical engagement with the text.

A Select Bibliography for Psalms Study is included at the end of the book.

Author Biography

DAVID M. HOWARD Jr. (B.S., Geneva College; M.A., Wheaton College; A.M., Ph.D., The University of Michigan), is professor of Old Testament at Bethel Theological Seminary in St. Paul, Minnesota. He is the author of four books, including An Introduction to the Old Testament Historical Books, What Makes a Missionary, and The Structure of Psalms 93-100, as well as several dozen articles in scholarly journals and Bible encyclopedias. He resides in Shoreview, Minnesota.

Table of Contents

Table of Contents: Part I: Psalms Studies in the 21st Century: Where We Have Been and Where We are Going 1) Biblical Theology ~ Bruce K. Waltke 2) Literary Issues ~ Willem A. VanGemeren 3) Faith and Tradition ~ C. Hassell Bullock Part II: Psalms of Praise: Expressing Our Joys 4) Psalm 46: Praise the LORD Our Helper ~ Francis X. Kimmitt 5) Suppressing Myth: Yahweh's Relationship to the Sea in the Praise Psalms ~ Robert B. Chisholm, Jr. 6) Psalm 91: Power, Protection and its Use in the New Testament ~ Andrew J. Schmutzer Part III: Psalms of Lament: Expressing Our Sorrows and Pain 7) Severe Delight: The Paradox of Praise in Confession of Sin ~ Michael E. Travers 8) The Lament Genre in Lamentations and the Psalms ~ Walter C. Kaiser, Jr. 9) Wert thou mine enemy, How wouldst thou worst than thou dost Defeat, thwart me? The 'Thou' Sections of Laments ~ Allen P. Ross 10) "You have turned for me my mourning into dancing" (Psalm 30:11[Heb12]): The Transformation of Pain into Praise in the Lament Psalm ~ Daniel J. Estes 11) He Who Saves from Discouragement and Tempest: Psalm 54 of the Septuagint Version ~ Randall X. Gauthier Part IV: Considering the Canon: Psalter as a Book 12) The Psalter's Introduction: Psalms 1 and 2 ~ Robert L. Cole 13) Divine and Human Kingship as Organizing Motifs in the Psalter ~ David M. Howard, Jr. 14) The Return of the King: Book V as a Witness to Messianic Hope in the Psalter ~ Michael K. Snearly 15) From Weeping to Rejoicing: Psalm 150 as the Conclusion to the Book of Psalms ~ Tremper Longman, III Part V: Communicating the Psalms: Bringing the Psalms into Present Day 16) Confidence in a Cup (Psalms 16, 23) ~ Mark D. Futato 17) How Lovely Is Your Dwelling Place (Psalm 84). ~ David Ridder 18) Praising God in the Bad Times (Psalm 88) ~ David M. Howard, Jr. 19) Everlasting Truth for the Joy of all People (Psalm 117) ~ John Piper

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