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Out of the Depths, Third Edition, Revised and Expanded: The Psalms Speak for Us Today

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In this revision of his classic text, Bernhard Anderson takes into account recent developments in psalm study as well as advances in scholarship. Still faithful to his earlier commitment to form-critical approach, Anderson revises every chapter and adds three new ones: on the style and poetry of the psalms, on the penitential psalms, and on reading the book of psalms as a ...more
Paperback, 249 pages
Published May 1st 2000 by Westminster John Knox Press (first published 1974)
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Ron Oltmanns
Anderson did a good job introducing the Psalms in a way we can understand and use them today. He takes a form-critical approach, which means classify each psalm by its type or genre (lament, thanksgiving, praise, etc.) and also by its setting in worship by the people of God, especially ancient Israel. There is more speculation and conjecture involved in putting each psalm into this kind of setting, but it can be suggestive. Anderson emphasizes the Psalms as "prayed poetry" and what that means. T ...more
While there a few points here and there that weren't entirely convincing, on the whole Anderson presents excellent insight on Psalms and I am grateful for how his book has shaped my understanding of this portion of scripture.
This book gives a good foundation for Psalm studies. Anderson was able to draw practical lessons which is typically hard for scholars in psalm studies.
This book is an excellent resource for getting a grasp of the beauty and form of the psalms. Highly recommended to anyone who wants to increase their understanding of this significant piece of the Old Testament.
Adam Gossman
Best book I have ever read on the Psalms. It came quite highly recommended and I had not read it until now for various reasons, but I am so very glad I did. Very sweet book.
David Sellers
Wonderful beginners guide into exploring the depth of the Psalms.
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