The Psalms (Paperback)

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Within the library of the world's classics, the book of Psalms occupies a unique place. Few books were composed over a longer period of time and have exercised more cultural and religious influence than the Psalms, the longest and most complex collection in the Hebrew Bible. Nearly 1,000 years in the making with dozens of contributors, this ancient anthology includes 150 prayers and poems for a host of public occasions and private exigencies, ranging from the comforting passage "Though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death," Ps 23:4 to some of the most violent imprecations, such as "Break their teeth, O God, in their mouth," Ps 58:6).

The Psalms is an introduction to the world of the Psalms that focuses on the content and the poetic forms in the collection, guiding the reader toward an appreciation of the purposes of the Psalms and their contribution to the Scriptures of Israel. Rather than abstract theorizing, Keith Bodner offers close readings of numerous psalms, exploring the poetically-framed questions raised in the Psalms, ranging from the problem of evil and the silence of God to issues of philosophical speculation, practical atheism, and even life after death.

About the Author

Keith Bodner is Professor of Religious Studies at Crandall University in New Brunswick, and holds PhD degrees in Biblical Studies (University of Aberdeen) and English Literature (University of Manchester). His 2008 book 1 Samuel: A Narrative Commentary was awarded the R. B. Y. Scott Award from the Canadian Society of Biblical Studies, and he has lectured widely to academic and popular audiences.
Product Details
ISBN: 9780190916879
ISBN-10: 0190916877
Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
Publication Date: March 15th, 2024
Pages: 200
Language: English