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The biblical psalms are perhaps the most commented-upon texts in human history. They are at once deeply alluring and deeply troubling. In this addition to the acclaimed Brazos Theological Commentary on the Bible, a highly respected scholar offers a theological reading of Psalms 1-50, exploring the various voices in the poems to discern the conversation they engage about God, suffering, and hope as well as ways of community belonging. The commentary examines the context of the psalms as worship--tending to both their original setting and their subsequent Jewish and Christian appropriation--and explores the psychological dynamics facing the speaker. Foreword by William P. Brown.show more

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  • Hardback | 271 pages
  • 155 x 231 x 30mm | 544g
  • Baker Publishing Group
  • Brazos Press, Div of Baker Publishing Group
  • Ada, MI, United States
  • English
  • 1587431572
  • 9781587431579
  • 317,659

About Margaret W Harmon Associate Professor of Systematic Theology Ellen T Charry

Ellen T. Charry (PhD, Temple University) is Margaret W. Harmon Professor of Theology at Princeton Theological Seminary in Princeton, New Jersey. She is the author of several books, including God and the Art of Happiness, and serves as an editor-at-large for The Christian Century.show more

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Praise for Psalms 1-50 in the Brazos Theological Commentary on the Bible "Bringing deep theological wisdom and human experience to reading and hearing Psalms, Ellen Charry has given us a beautiful commentary in every way--exegetical, theological, and pastoral. While she pursues the meaning of the psalms and what is going on in them, her deep interest is in uncovering what they teach us theologically and anthropologically. In the process, she smoothly integrates the many voices through the ages--both Jewish and Christian interpreters--who have sought to understand the psalms." --Patrick D. Miller, Princeton Theological Seminary "Ellen Charry's exposition of Psalms 1-50 is in a class of its own as a theological exposition of an Old Testament book. As William Brown's foreword says, she mines the real theological and pastoral value of the Psalms for all they're worth. I shall often come back to this commentary when I am seeking further perspective on the significance of these inexhaustible praises and prayers." --John Goldingay, Fuller Theological Seminary "The Psalms are daily bread for the broken hearted. Ellen Charry reads them this way and in doing so opens her commentary for my Jewish eyes as well as the eyes of her many Christian readers. Her engagement with the Psalter's 'blistering honesty' is unblinking, attending to its negative emotions, including 'the experience of abandonment by God.' Hovering above all this is the lesson she learns from Psalms 1 and 2 and applies to her reading of all fifty psalms: Israel's faithfulness to God is a blessing both for the people of Israel and for all those who come thereby to know God's glory." --Peter Ochs, University of Virginia "By asking how psalms relate to but also challenge later Christian theology, Charry reads them as part of the Christian's Bible without claiming they speak specifically of Christ. As a result, her commentary will interest--and truly guide--people of more than one faith. Charry speaks on several levels in ways that a wide variety of readers will find relevant and compelling. She displays constant interest in uncomfortable moral or political issues in the psalms, providing original readings that work through these issues with depth, compassion, and honesty." --Benjamin D. Sommer, Jewish Theological Seminary; editor of the forthcoming Jewish Publication Society Psalms Commentaryshow more

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The Brazos Theological Commentary on the Bible enlists leading theologians to read and interpret scripture creedally for the twenty-first century, just as the church fathers, the Reformers, and other orthodox Christians did for their times and places. Psalms 1-50, like each commentary in the series, is designed to serve the church and demonstrate the continuing intellectual and practical viability of theological interpretation of the Bible. Praise for Psalms 1-50 in the Brazos Theological Commentary on the Bible "It is a wonder and a gift to have a systematic theologian slow down and focus attention on the particularity of biblical texts. No one doing theology can do that more effectively than Charry, who considers the Psalms in their ancient orbit but draws them boldly toward contemporaneity for Christian readers. Charry's attentiveness to the recurring issue of suffering and hope is a welcome accent. Her book is a persuasive addition to the growing corpus of books that intend to bring the Psalter more fully into play in the life, faith, and practice of the church." --Walter Brueggemann, Columbia Theological Seminary "This is a very thoughtful, theological reflection on the Psalter. Truly to be commended is the seriousness with which Charry takes up the settings provided by the Psalm titles themselves as well as the questions raised by Jewish and Christian interpreters over the centuries. In this way, the commentary allows the theological depth of the Psalter to open up new vistas for the religious life." --Gary A. Anderson, University of Notre Dame "Charry's multilayered commentary focuses on the matters that are of most concern to those who pray--struggles with doubt and doubters, evil-doers and the problem of evil, the absence and invisibility of God. Grounded in a close reading of the text, this widely useful volume steadily demonstrates how the psalmists discover and rediscover God's faithfulness." --Ellen F. Davis, Duke Divinity School General editor: R. R. Reno (editor, First Things) Series editors: Robert W. Jenson (Center of Theological Inquiry) Robert Louis Wilken (University of Virginia) Ephraim Radner (Wycliffe College, University of Toronto) Michael Root (Catholic University of America) George Sumner (Episcopal Diocese of Dallas)show more

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