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The Psalms: An Introduction

April 27, 2008

Tim Sigler reviews The Psalms: An Introduction by James L. Crenshaw here.

It is understandable that Eerdmans would request Crenshaw to set his hand to the task of introducing the Psalter since his famed 1981 introduction Old Testament Wisdom has been helpful to so many. In the present volume, Crenshaw demonstrates his skill as an educator to communicate sophisticated material to an unfamiliar audience. While Crenshaw’s work introduces many key terms essential to advancing the student’s progress in the Psalms, he omits Hebrew characters, follows the more simplified, non-academic system of transliteration, and keeps footnotes to a minimum. His Further Reading suggestions at the end of each chapter are carefully selected and helpful. Finally, his work is made even more serviceable by a thorough set of indices of subjects, authors, biblical references, and Hebrew and Greek words-although the glossary is so brief (only eight words) and basic that it seems out of place. More termini technici from the book should have been added.

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