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On the Book of Psalms: Exploring the Prayers of Ancient Israel
This book is the result of a lifetime of study of the Hebrew Bible by a mature scholar whose love of the Tanakh, and especially of the Psalter, shines through on every page.
ebook, 312 pages
Published December 29th 2010 by Schocken
(first published August 3rd 1993)
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I enjoyed Sarna's analysis of several psalms a great deal. It isn't obvious how Sarna picked the psalms for this volume - starting with number one, I initially thought this would go through all of them in order. Several of the later essays are from selections used as daily psalms in the traditional liturgy, but not all. This book did a great job of bringing psalm 15 to my attention - that is not encountered often (ever?) in traditional Jewish liturgy, and the clarity of the ethical contract whic ...more