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Thoughts on Waltke’s take on the Psalms

October 17, 2008

2007 saw the publication of An Old Testament Theology and over a few posts I shall be highlighting key aspects of chapter 32 of Bruce Waltke’s Magnum Opus entitled “The Gifts of Hymns and the Messiah: The Psalms”.

In this post I simply wish to note that the structure of the chapter is as follows.

I. Introduction to the Psalter
II. Interpretation of the Psalter
a. Historical Approach
i. Antiquity and Reliability of Superscriptions in General
ii. “Of David”
iii. An extensive Royal Interpretation
iv. Historical notices
v. Historical Indications from Content

b. Form-Critical Approach
i. Petition Psalms
ii. Praise Psalms
1. Declarative Praise
2. Descriptive Praise

iii. Other forms
c. Liturgical Approach
III. Editing the Psalter
a. Earlier Collections of the Psalms
b. Five Books
c. Exegetical and Theological Significance of Five Books
i. Introduction (Ps. 1)
ii. Books 1 and 2 (Pss. 1-72)
iii. Book 3 (Pss. 73-89)
iv. Book 4 (Pss. 90-106)

d. Book 5 (Pss. 107-50)
IV. Messianism
a. Term Anoint/Anointed
b. Development of the Concept of “Messiah” in the Old Testament
i. In the Davidic Covenant
ii. In the Prophets
iii. In the Royal Psalms
iv. In the Editing of the Psalter

c. Messiah in Later Judaism
V. The Messiah and the New Testament
a. References to Psalms in the Gospels
b. Kinds of Messianic Psalms: How the New Testament Uses the Psalter
i. Indirect and Typical
ii. Typico-Prophetic
iii. Prophetic
iv. Enthronement (Pss. 93-99) and Other Psalms

3 Comments leave one →
  1. October 19, 2008 11:45 pm

    For what it’s worth, this text has been worth more than its weight in gold or platinum or whatever precious metal for me…I’ll be interested to see your comments/highlights of Waltke’s beast.

  2. October 21, 2008 8:20 am

    Hi Greg, I have also enjoyed Waltke’s volume.


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