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Psalms by Geoffrey Grogan

July 7, 2008
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I recently received a copy of Geoffrey Grogan’s Psalms from the Two Horizons Old Testament Commentary series. I am roughly half way through it and from what I have read thus far it is excellent.

Geoffrey Grogan here tackles the growing field of Psalms research and presents an accessible theological treatment of the Psalter. He begins by surveying and evaluating the main scholarly approaches to Psalms and then provides exegesis of all the psalms, emphasizing their distinctive messages.

Grogan follows with a full discussion of the Psalter’s theological themes, highlighting the implications of its fivefold arrangement. He considers the massive contribution of the Psalter to biblical theology, including the way the psalms were used and interpreted by Jesus and the New Testament writers. The volume closes with an analysis of the contemporary relevance of the Psalms and a step-by-step guide to preparing a Psalms sermon, based on Psalm 8.

Important Advice to the Reader

The Familiar and Yet Unfamiliar World of the Psalms
Textual Criticism
Sense Rhythms of the Psalms
Historical and Source Criticism
Psalm Genres and Form Criticism
Redaction Criticism
Canonical Criticism
Rhetorical or Literary Criticism
Reader-Oriented Criticism
Appraisal of the Various Types of Criticism
Use of the Psalms Today
Excursus: The Davidic Psalms

Book 1
Book 2
Book 3
Book 4
Book 5

The Psalter’s Key Theological Themes

The Basic Convictions of the Psalmists
The Covenants and the Theological Significance of the Exile
Yahweh as the God of the Future, the God Who Plans, the God of the Messiah and His Kingdom
The Contribution of the Psalter to Biblical Theology
A Warm Doctrine of God
A Firm and Confident Doctrine of Historical Revelation
A Heartfelt and Expanding Sense of Community
A Profound Doctrine of Sin
A Realistic Doctrine of Suffering
A Responsive Doctrine of Prayer and Worship
An Unshakable Doctrine of the Messiah
The Psalter’s Relevance to Present-Day Theological and Other Issues
God and Creation
Humanity and Sin
Christ’s Person and Work
The Grace of God, the Work of the Holy Spirit, and the Christian Life
The Church
The Last Things
Holy Scripture

Appendix: Preparing a Sermon on a Psalm
Index of Names
Index of Subjects
Index of Scripture References

Information about the series:

Two features distinguish THE TWO HORIZONS OLD TESTAMENT COMMENTARY series: theological exegesis and theological reflection.

Exegesis since the Reformation era and especially in the past two hundred years emphasized careful attention to philology, grammar, syntax, and concerns of a historical nature. More recently, commentary has expanded to include social-scientific, political, or canonical questions and more.

Without slighting the significance of those sorts of questions, scholars in THE TWO HORIZONS OLD TESTAMENT COMMENTARY locate their primary interests on theological readings of texts, past and present. The result is a paragraph-by-paragraph engagement with the text that is deliberately theological in focus.

Theological reflection in THE TWO HORIZONS OLD TESTAMENT COMMENTARY takes many forms, including locating each Old Testament book in relation to the whole of Scripture — asking what the biblical book contributes to biblical theology — and in conversation with constructive theology of today. How commentators engage in the work of theological reflection will differ from book to book, depending on their particular theological tradition and how they perceive the work of biblical theology and theological hermeneutics. This heterogeneity derives as well from the relative infancy of the project of theological interpretation of Scripture in modern times and from the challenge of grappling with a book’s message in its ancient context, in the canon of Scripture and history of interpretation, and for life in the admittedly diverse Western world at the beginning of the twenty-first century.

THE TWO HORIZONS OLD TESTAMENT COMMENTARY is written primarily for students, pastors, and other Christian leaders seeking to engage in theological interpretation of Scripture.

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