Psalms, Part 2 and Lamentations

S. Gerstenberger Erhard

Psalms, Part 2 and Lamentations
Psalms, Part 2 and Lamentations

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Series: Forms of the Old Testament Literature
Categories: Psalms Lamentations
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Psalms, Part 2, and Lamentations Series: The Forms of the Old Testament Literature Erhard S. Gerstenberger Click for larger image Click for larger image $50.00 Paperback In stock Usually ships within 3 business days 565 pages; dimensions (in inches): 6 x 9; 2001 ISBN: 978-0-8028-0488-4 You can always remove it later. Quantity: safe shopping Safe Shopping Guarantee Description PSALMS, Part 2, and LAMENTATIONS is Volume XV of The Forms of the Old Testament Literature, a series that aims to present a form-critical analysis of every book and each unit in the Hebrew Bible. Fundamentally exegetical, the FOTL volumes examine the structure, genre, setting, and intention of the biblical literature in question. They also study the history behind the form-critical discussion of the material, attempt to bring consistency to the terminology for the genres and formulas of the biblical literature, and expose the exegetical procedures so as to enable students and pastors to engage in their own analysis and interpretation of the Old Testament texts. This volume completes Erhard Gerstenberger's widely praised discussion of the psalms literature begun in Volume XIV, and includes as well an admirable study of the book of Lamentations. Gerstenberger interprets the different kinds of songs and prayers that comprise the book of Psalms in light of their sociohistorical settings and provides a concise formal and structural analysis of each biblical text based on an illuminating comparison with other ancient Near Eastern prayers and hymns. Seeing the biblical writings in relation to the social, cultic, religious, and theological conceptions of Israel's neighboring peoples allows contemporary readers to better grasp the purpose and spiritual meaning of the psalms and Lamentations to the Jewish community that composed them. Series: The Forms of the Old Testament Literature Series Editors: Rolf P. Knierim (series editor), Gene M. Tucker (series editor), Marvin A. Sweeney (series editor) This series aims to present, according to a standard outline and methodology, a form-critical analysis of every book and each unit in the Old Testament (Hebrew Bible). Fundamentally exegetical, the FOTL volumes examine the structure, genre, setting, and intention of the biblical literature in question. Designed to be used alongside a Hebrew text or a translation of the Bible, the series is meant primarily to lead the student to the Old Testament texts themselves, not just to form-critical studies of the texts. Each volume includes thorough bibliographies and a glossary of the genres and formulas identified in the commentary. Titles in this Series: 1 and 2 Chronicles 1 Kings, with an Introduction to Historical Literature 1 Samuel 2 Kings 2 Samuel Daniel, with an Introduction to Apocalyptic Literature Exodus 1–18 Ezekiel Genesis, with an Introduction to Narrative Literature Hosea Isaiah 1–39, with an Introduction to Prophetic Literature Micah Minor Prophets, Part 2 Numbers Psalms, Part 1, with an Introduction to Cultic Poetry Psalms, Part 2, and Lamentations Wisdom Literature: Job, Proverbs, Ruth, Canticles, Ecclesiastes, and Esther

Pages: 568 pages
Publisher: Eerdmans
Published: 2001
ISBN-10: 0802804888
ISBN-13: 9780802804884


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During the more than ten years after the publication of FOTL 14 (1988), the first part of Erhard S. Gerstenberger’s commentary on the Psalms, the scholarly community often inquired after the second volume. Hence it is grateful to hear the author say: “Here it is, finally” (xvi). The first volume proved to be a very useful and informed commentary on the Psalms (Pss 1–60), and the second one meets its expectations. The decade that passed since the publication of FOTL 14 evidenced a wide stream of literature on the Psalms and several new approaches to ancient Hebrew poetry. Gerstenberger admits that he has learned much from the new avenues of Psalm exegesis starting in the 1990s. However, he also remains true to his principles, and one can clearly agree with his statement in the preface: “I still think that a form-critical and social-historical analysis like the one begun with FOTL XIV may be helpful to recognize the multiple roots of psalmody in different types of human organization and ritual practice” (xv). [Full Review]

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