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Singing in the Reign: The Psalms and the Liturgy of God's Kingdom

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Christians know the Psalms, sing the Psalms, and pray the Psalms more than any other book of the Bible. Yet, even as believers have grown more devoted to individual psalms, they have lost the big picture-the single sense that unites all the psalms as one coherent book. Michael Barber is at the forefront of an emerging movement in biblical theology. With this book, he is re ...more
Paperback, 188 pages
Published September 1st 2001 by Emmaus Road Publishing
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Joseph R.
Jun 12, 2012 Joseph R. rated it it was amazing
Singing in the Reign: The Psalms and the Liturgy of God's Kingdom gives the reader a theology of the Psalms focused on the Davidic covenant and the longing for the restoration of Israel. The Psalms reflect the understanding and expectations of God's people throughout salvation history. First, the author looks at the covenants God made with Adam, Abraham, Moses, and David. Second, he shows David's as the culmination of the Old Testament covenants. David is entrusted to rule God's people. After th ...more
Nefficus
May 05, 2013 Nefficus rated it liked it
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First, the good. There is some great information in this book that helps break down the Psalms and understand them in the context of covenantal theology. Further, the book does an admirable job of connecting the Psalms to the fulfillment of the restoration prophecy through Christ. Unfortunately, the book is just a really cumbersome and tedious read. There is way too much footnoting that distracts, and in the middle of the book, you can often find yourself trudging through individual explanations ...more
Claire Gilligan
Nov 01, 2013 Claire Gilligan rated it really liked it
Quite good! The first half of the book goes through the themes of the psalter: the overarching themes of the whole thing, those of the five "books" scholars break the psalter into, and aspects of individual important psalms. Definitely an excellently detailed introduction to the psalms, academically rooted without being inaccessible.

The second half of the book addressed the perennial "Why does this matter?" question, connecting the psalms to the theme of God's kingdom in the rest of the Scriptur
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Niffer
Sep 24, 2013 Niffer rated it liked it
I received this book through a Goodreads First Reads giveaway.

The author is obviously very knowledgeable and this book is extremely well researched. Some of the book got a little too bogged down in facts and footnotes which detracted from its overall readability.

I suspect that this book is better digested in smaller chunks with a copy of the Psalms close by. I expect I will revisit it in the future.
Janine Brouillette
Sep 18, 2013 Janine Brouillette rated it it was amazing
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The first good detailed book that I have read on the Psalms. This is a good read, but I can see myself going back and reading it again with my Bible as a detailed Bible study. Mr.Barber describes how the Psalms are divided into 5 books and some say that "Moses gave Israel the 5 books of Law and David gave Israel the 5 books of Psalms." Each verse and each Psalm is special but seam so much more when read as a whole.
Christa
Oct 20, 2013 Christa rated it it was amazing
A book filled of inspiration. I couldn't put it down. I really connected with this book and I have taken so much from it and applied into my daily life. Everyone needs to read this at least once. I will be reading it again soon. Excellent writing and insightful words. Thank you for my free copy. This book has been a blessing!
Brittany
Sep 11, 2013 Brittany rated it really liked it
I received this book via the Goodreads First Reads program.

I really appreciated this book. It truly shows the beauty of the Psalms. I also loved the way they tied the Psalms with the New Testament.

It was definitely a great read, and worth the time spent reading it.
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I like this book, but wasn't ready to read it this summer. It definitely must be read in tandum with the Psalms. I will be revisiting this book.
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Good addition to the recent study of the Psalms I completed.
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Michael has his Ph.D. in Theology from Fuller in Pasadena, CA. His dissertation was on the Historical Jesus and Sacramental Eschatology under the world famous scholar, Colin Brown. He has an MA in Theology from Franciscan University of Steubenville and received his B. A. in Theology and Philosophy from Azusa Pacific University. He is the author of several books, including, 'Coming Soon: Unlocking ...more
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