The Psalter as Witness
Theology, Poetry, and Genre
Imprint: Baylor University Press
Sales Date: 2017-02-14
216 Pages, 6.00 x 9.00 in
- Published: February 2017
The Psalter as Witness considers the complexity of the Psalms as well as their role in bearing witness to the theological claims that comprise Israel’s traditions. While no single volume can readily capture the full range of the Psalter’s theology, these chapters provide rich reflection on significant themes in selected psalms, in collections of psalms, and even across the structure of the Psalter itself. The result of the Baylor-Bonn symposium, The Psalter as Witness employs the full array of methodological approaches to the Psalms practiced in both Germany and North America. The Psalter as Witness thus effectively mirrors the theological, thematic, and generic intricacies of the Psalms in the myriad ways interpreters read the Psalter. The Psalms here become a window into the central, life-giving commitments of Israel in its call to justice and mercy, its practice of ethics and politics, and its worship and life with God.
Part One. Theological Approaches to the Psalms1. Poetry and Theology in the Psalms: Psalm 133W. H. Bellinger Jr.
2. Feminine Imagery and Theology in the Psalter: Psalms 90, 91, and 92Nancy deClaissé-Walford
3. "Who Is Like the Lord Our God?": Theology and Ethics in the PsalmsHarry P. Nasuti
4. David and the Political Theology of the PsalterStephen Breck Reid
5. Spatial Theory and Theology in Psalms 46-48Till Magnus Steiner
Part Two. Theological Themes in the Psalms
6. Human Transience, Justice, and Mercy: Psalm 103Johannes Schnocks
7. The God of Heaven in Book 5 of the PsalterW. Dennis Tucker Jr.
8. The Theology of the Poor in the PsalterJohannes Bremer
9. The Elohistic Psalter: Formation and PurposeFrank-Lothar Hossfeld
10. The Elohistic Psalter: History and TheologyJoel S. Burnett
Part Three. Genre and Theology
11. The Psalter as a Book: Genre as Key to Its TheologyEgbert Ballhorn
12. Genre, Theology, and the God of the PsalmsRolf Jacobson
In a mere twelve essays, the methodological fervor of current Psalms scholarship is well represented. This volume addresses a remarkably wide range of topics, from politics to theology, the performative to space construction, poverty, and aesthetics. Moreover, The Psalter as Witness generously features emerging and well-established scholars.~William P. Brown, William Marcellus McPheeters Professor of Old Testament, Columbia Theological Seminary
The Psalter as Witness engages with concerns such as the nature of community, feminism, ethics, politics, the poor, and Zionism in the Psalms; with theological themes such as the mercy and transcendence of God; and with literary issues such as the shaping of the Psalter. Its non-partisan approach makes for stimulating reading for anyone—a specialist or not—who is interested in exploring what the Psalms say about God and his people then and now.~Susan Gillingham, Professor of the Hebrew Bible, Worcester College, University of Oxford
The abundance of footnotes, technical terms, and Hebrew throughout make this volume particularly useful for those with a professional interest in the study of the Psalms.~Brother John R. Barker, OFM, The Bible Today
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