Book Review: The Message of the Psalter: An Eschatological Programme in the Book of Psalms

The Message of the Psalter: An Eschatological Programme in the Book of Psalm (Journal for the Study of the Old Testament Supplement Series 252)The Message of the Psalter: An Eschatological Programme in the Book of Psalm by David C. Mitchell
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

This is an interesting study. Mitchell endeavors to trace an eschatological program through the canonical psalms. He considers historical scholarship and more modern scholarship on the predictive nature of the Psalms. I would quibble with some things here and there and felt like at times he was stretching to prove his thesis. Overall, it is a helpful study.

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Book Review: Reflections on the Psalms

Reflections on the PsalmsReflections on the Psalms by C.S. Lewis
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Pretty classic Lewis. It was good in all the ways you would expect and not so good to bad in the ways you would expect.

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Book Review: The Psalms: Structure, Content, and Message

The Psalms: Structure, Content, and MessageThe Psalms: Structure, Content, and Message by Claus Westermann
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Pretty good book. There are some good nuggets scattered through this one. Westermann looks at the Psalms through ten content genres. His notes on structure and content were probably the most useful. At times he’s a little heavy on the canonical criticism and redaction theory.

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Book Review: The Psalter Reclaimed

The Psalter ReclaimedThe Psalter Reclaimed by Gordon J. Wenham
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This is a helpful study. Wenham looks at the Psalms and discusses aspects of historical and traditional interpretation, canonical interpretation and criticism, the collection and arrangement of the Psalms, as well as psalmic intertextuality. In some cases he raises issues for investigation without fully committing. Overall, he upheld the eschatological, Messianic thrust of the Psalms. It was an informative and thought provoking study.

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