Psalms (3 volume set)

John Goldingay

Psalms (3 volume set)
Psalms (3 volume set)

Psalms: Volume 1 (1-41)

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.

Psalms: Volume 2 (42-89)

This is the second of a three-volume commentary on the Psalms, combining literary, historical, grammatical, and theologically rich insight in a widely accessible manner. One of today’s foremost experts on biblical theology, John Goldingay covers Psalms 42–89 with his own translation of each passage, followed by interpretive comments and theological implications. “The book of Psalms is the literary sanctuary; a holy place where humans share their joys and struggles with brutal honesty in God’s presence,” writes Tremper Longman III, editor of the Baker Commentary on the Old Testament Wisdom and Psalms series. Pastors, seminary students, scholars, and Bible study leaders will enjoy this accessible and enriching volume. This is the fourth volume in the series.

Psalms: Volume 3 (90-150)

In this third and final volume of his commentary on the book of Psalms, Old Testament scholar John Goldingay provides fresh insights on Psalms 90-150. He considers the literary, historical, and grammatical dimensions of the text as well as its theological implications.


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4.4375 out of 5 based on 8 user ratings
Kevin A Lewis March 29, 2018 4.5 5
The first commentary on the Psalms you should acquire. Engaging, scholarly yet well written with the ordinary bible student in mind. It has scope to engage with most of the basic literature on the material without being overly wordy and technical. Worthy of due consideration - however! He is post modernist in outlook and thus accepts some more liberal ideas that the more evangelical and traditional thinker will struggle with. I would still recommend - but read with your faith and thinking both fully awake.
Graham Ware March 11, 2016 5 5
The only commentary on the Psalms you need. Highly scholarly, but still accessible to a broader audience, Goldingay shows once again his abilities to be both academic and pastorally sensitive. The whole set is a must have.
Andrzej Stelmasiak October 28, 2015 1 5
BEWARE!!! not evangelical, according to Goldingay God is not omniscient neither in control, he changes his mind, the Bible is not inerrant, it is inspired only...
Joel R. Beeke May 4, 2012 5 5
The Book of Psalms is unrivaled in all of Scripture for its emotional intensity and spiritual intimacy. With a scholar’s eye and a pastor’s heart, Goldingay delves into the psalms, illuminating the literary, historical, and grammatical aspects of the text, while clarifying the theological implications. His careful reading is complemented by a detailed introduction.This is the third volume in the Baker Commentary on the Old Testament Wisdom and Psalms Series. The series is tailored to the distinctives of poetry and wisdom literature. [Full Review]
Neal Piwowarski April 17, 2010 5 5
Volume 1 of John Goldingay's trilogy on the Psalter is a tour de force, combining detailed exegesis with theological reflection. It begins with a fairly lengthy, but informative introduction that addresses authorship, formation of the Psalter, and the various types of Psalms. His exegesis of Psalms 1-41 is currently the most thorough available. The verse-by-verse exegesis transliterates the original Hebrew grammar, making the commentary very user-friendly for those lacking knowledge of the original language. While this commentary is an altogether solid effort, Christians desiring to better understand the use of the Psalter in the NT will find Goldingay's work immensely helpful. Pastors who love the Psalter, but don't quite know how to preach from it have a treasure trove of fine theological exegesis in Goldingay's work that guides the reader from the original OT context of each Psalm, into its NT usage whenever a particular Psalm is quoted there from the Septuagint (LXX) and finally into contemporary theological application. It will most definitely prove to be an illuminating read for anyone interested in studying, understanding and expounding the Psalter. Moving from text to sermon should be relatively easy for anyone using this commentary. Goldingay writes with the precision of a master exegete and the penetrating insight of a theologically-minded pastor. He displays his mastery of OT theology throughout and also interacts with sources as diverse as John Calvin and Eugene Peterson, solidifying the viability of his theological applications and their contemporary relevance (Perhaps Goldingay should write a homiletics textbook at some point. I'm certain that it would exponentially surpass most of the instructional books on preaching the Old Testament that are currently available!). Even laypersons desiring to study the Psalter more deeply will profit greatly from Goldingay's work. The NIVAC and WBC volumes on the Psalter are very good, but they do not combine exegesis with theological reflection and contemporary application as thoroughly, solidly and seamlessly as Goldingay does here. The section on Psalm 23 is reason enough to buy this commentary! The rest of the commentary is equally outstanding and will hopefully change the way those who read it view the Psalter itself, worship, prayer, and God himself for the better.
John Glynn September 20, 2008 5 5
A careful and detailed postmodern exegesis with Evangelical and historical theological insight. [Full Review]
Denver Seminary Journal June 16, 2008 5 5
A careful and detailed postmodern exegesis with Evangelical and historical theological insight. [Full Review]

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