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Interpreting the Psalms: An Exegetical Handbook (Handbooks for Old Testament Exegesis)

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This second contribution to the "Handbooks for Old Testament Exegesis" series continues the admirable tradition set by Robert B. Chisholm Jr. in "Interpreting the Historical Books." A valuable resource for pastors and students, "Interpreting the Psalms" begins by explaining the nature of Hebrew poetry and the purpose of the Psalms. An accomplished scholar of the Psalms, Ma ...more
Paperback, 234 pages
Published August 17th 2007 by Kregel Academic & Professional
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Dec 28, 2011 James rated it really liked it
Part of the new Handbooks for Old Testament Exegesis series, Mark D. Futato’s Interpreting the Psalms fills an important place on the shelf of the serious Bible student. Explaining and building on foundational principles, Futato takes the reader beyond a simplistic explanation of Hebrew poetry. He incorporates the results of current scholarship as he helps the reader unfold the meaning of the Psalms.

Futato’s interpretation of the Psalms is non-traditional, but valuable. He presents and defends h
Apr 17, 2012 Nick rated it liked it
Shelves: biblical-studies, own
If I could I would give this one 3 1/2 stars. There were lots of interesting insights into the Psalms in this handbook, which was written by one of the translators for the NLT. As such, he often presented his case for why the NLT was correct in its translation of a particular passage. At many points I would have preferred for Futato to focus on the HOW TO instead of the WHAT THIS MEANS. "For crying out loud, man, you're teaching me to interpret for myself here!!! So lets get down to brass tacks ...more
Aug 14, 2014 Kim rated it liked it
Shelves: theology, scripture
I bought this book because I saw that Bruce Waltke recommended it, and he's a great commentator on the Psalms. I didn't enjoy it nearly as much as if I knew biblical Hebrew. Because I don't know Hebrew, the words in the Hebrew text were a distraction. I think if he had also transliterated them, it would have been easier to read.

That said, I did learn a lot from this book, especially when it comes to the thematic elements in the Psalms, especially the kingship theme which runs through the book.
Aug 21, 2010 Luke rated it it was amazing
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Great book for someone taking an upper level exegetical approach to the Psalms. For nearly the same material presented in a more pastoral format, I would recommend Futato's [Transformed By Praise:].

Futato does an excellent job of managing the scholarship on the Psalms from the last half century, presenting how our understanding of the Psalms continues to deepen with time. The most helpful scholarship is on the meta-structure of the Psalms, looking at the Book's theme(s) as a whole rather than ea
Dec 07, 2013 Charlene rated it liked it
Shelves: taught-from
I usually enjoy an exegetical book, especially one such as this which uses the actual biblical Hebrew instead of transliteration. However, this one seemed to make connections where connections did not seem to be. I did learn more than I have ever known about Psalms. Yet given the Psalms are part of the Word of God I felt the author got too technical. I would imagine for the true scholar, for the one who put God to the side, this was a good read. But to the student there was too much of one and n ...more
Apr 11, 2011 Caleb rated it really liked it
Shelves: biblical-studies
Clear and logical introduction. Easy to read. Introduces some basics to Hebrew poetry (without requiring any knowledge of the language), argues that the entire Psalter reflects a deliberate arrangement, helpful analysis of different categories of psalms (lament, praise, thanksgiving, confidence, royal). Dedicates a portion of his chapter on "categories of psalms" to what they tell us about Christ. My only disappointment was that Futato does not carry this Christ-focus, which he argues for in his ...more
Dec 10, 2012 Drew rated it really liked it
This book is a great handbook on the book of Psalms. It definitely shaped my understand of the book and will affect the way I read both the book in its entirety and individual Psalms. Futato does an excellent job of communicating the message and shape of the entire book of Psalms. I appreciate that this book is very practical and extremely Christocentric. My opinion is that this book is a must-read for pastors preaching the Psalms as well as all Christians. It will not only affect your reading o ...more
Jan 15, 2008 Louise rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Anyone wanting more clarity on the Psalms
Recommended to Louise by: RTS Seminary
Shelves: biblical-studies
Dr. Futato has written another excellent introduction to the Psalms. This one is part of an academic series aimed at preaching a certain genre of Biblical text, in this case Hebrew poetry. It contains quite a bit of historical, linguistic and technical information, but it is written in such a friendly style that you will hardly realize how much you have learned. Set it next to Tremper Longman's How to Read the Psalms on your bookshelf.
May 19, 2009 Mary_Ann rated it really liked it
Clear, logical, well-written and easy to read. I devoured this book in a few days. Much of the information was not new to me, but Futato's manner of presentation of the material was far superior than any of the other venues which I had been exposed to the information. This book is a great resource for any pastors or laypersons who would like to study and teach the psalms well.
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Jan 25, 2012 Eric Chappell rated it really liked it
Helpful intro to Hebrew poetry and the Psalter.
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Sep 03, 2013 Mike Awtry rated it really liked it
Informative and written in a pretty readable way.
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Aug 02, 2014 Brian Leport rated it really liked it
Solid introduction to the Psalms, esp. for those who prefer a canonical reading.
Jun 03, 2011 Eric rated it really liked it
Great book on the Psalms. It is a good read and excellent reference for an overall summary of the Book of Psalms. Also commend Futato's RTS Poets lectures which are on Itunes.
Jun 09, 2013 Jokhool rated it really liked it
I never thought a text book could be so interesting. It gave me a better understanding and appreciation for the book of Psalms.
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Other Books in the Series

Handbooks for Old Testament Exegesis (3 books)
  • Interpreting the Pentateuch: An Exegetical Handbook (Handbook on Old Testament Exegesis)
  • Interpreting the Historical Books: An Exegetical Handbook

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