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Spirituality of the Psalms
Using a model of orientation - disorientation - new orientation, Brueggemann explores how the genres of the Psalms can'be viewed in terms of their function. This results in fresh readings of these ancient songs that illumine their spiritual depth. The voices of the Psalms come through in all their bold realism.
Paperback, 76 pages
Published November 16th 2001 by Fortress Press
(first published September 30th 2001)
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This little book was both informative and enlightening. Though it doesn't go into any depth on any particular psalm, the way Brueggemann classifies the Psalms under the three themes of orientation, disorientation, and new orientation is important in its own right. Though all of the psalms cannot be pigeonholed to fit into one of these three models, classifying them in this way helped me understand the way Israel would have read them, seeing them rooted in a community of people and the worship of ...more
Brueggermann brings the Psalms to life with his insightful material on orientation-disorientation-new orientation. Being a short abridgment of one of his larger works it is a great entry point for the everyday Christian but deep enough for the theologically trained.
So far, the best book I've read on the Psalms, from both an academic and devotional standpoint. Folks essentially write two kinds of books on the Psalms: Commentaries, that tend to be lengthy and hard to digest, or topical, like this or Lewis's meditation on the Psalms. But these topical approaches never quite manage to create a heuristic that is elegant; instead, they tend to be cumbersome or inadequate. Brueggemann's little book is supremely elegant. Well worth the read.
This was a great little book addressing the Psalms. His chapter in dealing with evil and theodicy was excellent. The book walks through Psalms of orientation, disorientation and reorientation. He attempts to give a framework to bridge the gap between dry but important scholarship with more devotional writing on the Psalms. It would be nice if we had a full on commentary doing that work.
Returned to this book while preparing for a class. Some excellent points, including the argument for valuing psalms of lament (or psalms of disorientation, in Brueggemann's schema). See his "Praying the Psalms" for more on the concept of "from pit to wing". A very helpful little volume.
Walter Brueggemann is William Marcellus McPheeters Professor of Old Testament Emeritus at Columbia Theological Seminary. He is the world's leading interpreter of the Old Testament and is the author of numerous books, including Westminster John Knox Press best sellers such as Genesis and First and Second Samuel in the Interpretation series, An Introduction to the Old Testament: The Canon and Christ ...moreMore about Walter Brueggemann...