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The Psalms: Language for All Seasons of the Soul

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The Psalms: Language for All Seasons of the Soul brings together essays from eighteen Old Testament scholars discussing the latest in Psalms scholarship and applying exegetical insights to the life of faith.

These essays explore the full range of emotion expressed in the Psalms—from elation to distress—while weaving together observations from biblical scholarship and theolo
Paperback, 288 pages
Published October 1st 2013 by Moody Publishers
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Dec 29, 2013 A B rated it really liked it
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This is a very thorough and meticulously written book with chapters that focus on individual psalms from the Bible's book of Psalms. Each chapter is written by a different author. While they all write with their own unique voices, according to the book, all are credible religious scholars.

The chapters are divided into sections for specific genres of psalms, such as psalms of lament or praise, and one section dedicated to the practice of studying psalms. After reading the introduction and section
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Mar 16, 2015 Julius McCarter rated it really liked it
Andrew Schmutzer & David Howard Jr's Psalms: Language for All Seasons of the Soul brings together some of the academic research on the psalms with devotional writing. It's a real gift for biblical studies as well as for spirituality.

I come from a tradition that reads the Psalms through, every month, as part of daily prayer. We also regularly chant the Psalms in worship. So the Psalms have played an integral and primary role in training my own prayer language.

This collection has eighteen hig
Sep 18, 2013 Mark rated it really liked it
A comprehensive overview of approaches to reading and interpreting the Psalms, from a conservative evangelical perspective.

This book is a collection of 19 essays from various authors within evangelical Christianity. It is a dense and scholarly work. Pastors and theology students would probably be the ones to most benefit from this book. This is not to say that the average Christian sitting in the pews wouldn't benefit from reading these essays, but because of some of the technical content it may
Oct 04, 2014 Ethan rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A collection of essays involving the Psalms.

The essays are collected in five parts: the state of Psalms study, psalms of praise, psalms of lament, the Psalter as canon/book, and communicating the psalms. The work thus exposes the reader to a variety of ways the Psalms can be put to good use in the faith and practice of a Christian.

I found the first part to be the most useful and strongest part of the book. The idea of the Psalms as "psalmno-therapy" and the place to which Israel would turn both
Jan 02, 2014 Carol rated it really liked it
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The Psalms Language for all Seasons of the Soul is an overview of approaches to interpreting and reading the Psalms. There are 19 essays written by authors with an Evangelical Christian view. This is an educational academic book that contains a lot of technical content advantageous to theology students, seminary students and pastors with expertise in Hebrew. This is a beneficial expenditure of time for even the everyday layperson as when God speaks, He speaks to all of us even if on various ...more
In compliance with FTC guidelines this review for The Psalms by Andrew J. Schmutzer was for a novel received for free in a Goodreads First Reads Giveaway.

The Psalms: Language for All Seasons of the Soul is a scholarly study of the Psalms. This is not a text for a layperson who wants to know more about this poetic cycle of the bible. It is broken up into five parts. For me personally the fifth part "Communicating the Psalms" This section is a series of sermons given about the Psalms.

All of the
Sep 10, 2013 Lyn rated it really liked it
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A wonderful and historically accurate review of the Psalms. This is a perfect textbook for seminarians. As a lay reader there were parts that took a second read in order to clearly understand the intended purpose. The book encourages the reader to learn more and read the Psalms from beginning to end and look at the whole book rather than picking verses and letting them stand alone to guide us – I believe there is room for both approaches. Peace to all who continue their
Dec 20, 2013 tired rated it really liked it
I received this book free from goodreads giveaway it is broken into 5 parts and is very precise it is written in part by scholars therefore it may not be easily understood by everyone I found the writing to be very informative. and as I am actually reading the Psalms daily it was nice to have a sort of reference It is really 3.5 stars only because as stated earlier it might be a bit to daunting for some the writing is very thorough and I was happy to receive it
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Dec 01, 2013 Elisia Crawford rated it liked it
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This book and collection of essays are very interesting. The information is rather complicated so I don't think it is for the average reader looking to expand their theological understanding. I find theology very interesting and attended Catholic schools growing up so I did really enjoy the book and the perspectives of the essayists. I am always interested in reading and understanding the perspectives of others as it gets me thinking- which is exactly what this book did.

Sep 09, 2016 Polly rated it liked it
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I received a free copy of The Psalms:Language for All Seasons of the Soul as a Goodreads First Reads Giveaway.
This is definitely a scholarly book, with that being said there is something for everyone. I especially enjoyed Part Five Communicating the Psalms.
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