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An Introduction to the Psalms


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Table of Contents

1. Introduction
2. The diversity of collections of Psalms
3. Historical and cultural contexts
4. Literary approaches
5. Liturgical approaches
6. Theological & ethical approaches
7. Conclusion

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This introduction to the Psalms introduces readers to some of the key issues arising from different approaches to the biblical text.

About the Author

Alastair G. Hunter is Senior Lecturer in Hebrew and Old Testament Studies at the University of Glasgow, UK.


An Introduction to the Psalms is a refreshingly different addition to many introductions already available. Alastair Hunter brings to this study a wealth of experience in teaching and research, and has the gift of addressing traditional questions about the origin and use of the psalms in a perceptive and original way. Students thinking about the psalms for the first time will find here a useful map to help them discover un-chartered territory; and those who have journeyed through the psalms many times before will find many new vistas and unexpected places of interest. -- Susan Gillingham, Worcester College, Oxford University, UK
"The book is an introduction to the study of the Psalter, not a commentary on the psalms themselves. Hunter first explains the five-part structure of the Psalter as well as some of the earlier collections of which it is compromised, collections such as Psalms of David, Psalms of Ascent, etc...The book is a helpful summary of the history of interpretation as well as an overview of contemporary interpretive method." -Dianne Bergant, C.S.A., The Bible Today, November 2008
Review in Theological Book Review, Volume 20, No 2, 2008
Provides some good historical evidence in the literature and liturgical usage, along with some interesting philosophical reflection. -- Concordia Theological Quarterly - 73
"The strength of this work is to offer both a sustained discussion and a critical reflection of the main works on the Psalms... An Introduction to the Psalms provides a useful tool for students starting up in that field." Journal for the Study of the Old Testament, June 2009 -- A. Jeffers * Journal for the Study of the Old Testament *
Hunter's work would be adequate as a text for upper-level undergraduates to graduate students. -- Joshua E. Stewart, New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary * Journal for the Evangelical Study of the Old Testament *

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