Psalms 42-89

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In the second volume of his three-volume commentary on the book of Psalms, Old Testament scholar John Goldingay provides fresh commentary on Psalms 42-89. Writing with a scholar's eye and a pastor's heart, he considers the literary, historical, and grammatical dimensions of the text as well as its theological implications.

This is the fourth volume in the Baker Commentary on the Old Testament Wisdom and Psalms series, which is tailored to the distinctives of poetry and Wisdom literature. The series features emphasis on the message of the biblical book; special attention to poetic structure and literary devices; incisive comments based on the author's translation of the Hebrew text; exegetical rigor that incorporates linguistic, historical, and canonical insights; closing reflections on each section that explore the text's theological dimensions; and textual notes that highlight important features of the Hebrew text.

"[Goldingay] bring[s] texts alive for readers today. . . . His considerable scholarship opens the Psalms in the service of theological and ethical reflection and of the spiritual life. Literary and verbal features of the texts appear in clear, digestible amounts, and Goldingay's theological reflections make the book a valuable resource."
--Kathleen O'Connor, Christian Century

"One of our premier interpreters, John Goldingay, offers here a comprehensive treatment of the Psalms. Rarely does one find such a combination of close attention to grammatical and syntactical features joined with literary sensitivity, and all of it aimed at theological appropriation of the Psalms. Don't be surprised to find Anne Lamott alongside Luther, Calvin, Aquinas, and Isaac Watts. A basic resource for studying the Psalms."
--Patrick D. Miller, professor of Old Testament theology emeritus, Princeton Theological Seminary

"A fine commentary that combines excellent scholarship and deep, practical spiritual reflection. Readers will find it to be an invaluable resource for their own life-journeys, not least in the constructive challenge it presents to some modern Christian understandings of biblical spirituality."
--Iain Provan, Marshall Sheppard Professor of Biblical Studies, Regent College


John Goldingay, Author

John Goldingay (PhD, University of Nottingham) is David Allan Hubbard Professor Emeritus of Old Testament at Fuller Theological Seminary. He is an ordained priest in the Church of England and is the author of numerous books, including a three-volume Old Testament Theology as well as major commentaries on Daniel, the Psalms, and Isaiah 40-66. Goldingay lives in Oxford, England.

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