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Praise and Lament in the Psalms

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Praise and lament are two major approaches to praying to God. In this book, Claus Westermann investigates these primary categories of the Psalms and shows their meaning for prayer and worship. He contrasts the Old Testament Psalms with those of Babylon and Egypt indicating their distinctive characteristics. Sensitively written and carefully reasoned, Westermann's book will ...more
Paperback, 312 pages
Published March 1st 1987 by Westminster John Knox Press (first published 1981)
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Troy Lizenby
Mar 01, 2016 Troy Lizenby rated it really liked it
Westermann advances and refines the work of Hermann Gunkel (1862 – 1932) to identify psalm genres. The classification criterion is according to form. The major categories identified and analyzed by their distinct structures are:

- Lament of the individual
- Lament of the people
- Praise by the individual – Declarative
- Praise by the people – Declarative
- Praise psalms – Descriptive

The reader will be amazed at how most of the biblical psalms fit the structures identified. Also, the forms are compare
Aug 25, 2009 Bob rated it liked it
The classic introduction to the Psalms of Praise and Lament. Some authors have questioned Westermann's thesis that lament is ultimately a type of lament.

A very useful introduction that follows the implications of Gunkel's form critical work on the Psalms to its end.
Jan 03, 2016 Tony rated it really liked it
A very helpful discussion of praise and lament, which Westermann sees as two poles in Israel's worship, and the two basic forms from which the others derive/develop.
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