Discovering Psalms: Content, Interpretation, Reception Jerome F. D. Creach
This compact introduction to the interpretation of the book of Psalms encourages in-depth study of the text and genuine grappling with related theological and historical questions by providing a critical assessment of key interpreters and interpretative debates. It draws on a range of methodological approaches (author-, text-, and reader-centered) and reflects the growing scholarly attention to the reception history of biblical texts, increasingly viewed as a vital aspect of interpretation rather than an optional extra.
- Table of Contents
- Part One: Issues in Reading the Psalms and the Psalter
- 1. What is a Psalm?
- 2. It’s Poetry!
- 3. Did David Write the Psalms?
- 4. A Psalm for Every Occasion: Types of Psalms
- 5. Settings for Performance of the Psalms
- Part Two: Reading the Psalms Together
- 6. The Psalms as a Book
- 7. Theology of the Psalms: The Lord Reigns!
- 8. Theology of the Psalms, Part II: What is the Human Being?
- Part Three: The Psalms as Prayers
- 9. Opening Fully to God: The Tradition of Psalmic Prayer, Part I
- 10. Psalms that Pray for Vengeance: The Tradition of Psalmic Prayer, Part II
- Conclusion: The Psalms and Jesus Christ