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Spirituality of the Psalms

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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
Paul Seville
Oct 08, 2013 Paul Seville rated it really liked it
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.
Jon Cooper
Oct 09, 2014 Jon Cooper rated it it was amazing
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.
Sep 17, 2015 Chris rated it really liked it
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.
Benjamin Williams
Mar 25, 2016 Benjamin Williams rated it it was amazing
An excellent read. one of those rare works that takes seriously insights from critical scholarship whilst speaking directly to the Christian experience. Will definitely be reading more from Brueggeman.
Brooke Greenburg
Dec 26, 2014 Brooke Greenburg rated it it was amazing
This book has been a resource for me in times of disorientation. Wonderful work.
Heather Caliri
Jan 28, 2014 Heather Caliri rated it really liked it
I love how Brueggemann connected the Psalms with justice, and how his schematic makes me think of my own cycles of faith and struggle.
Mar 09, 2013 Sherry rated it really liked it
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.
Jun 17, 2013 Child960801 rated it really liked it
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This took me a really long time to finish reading. Brueggemann breaks the Psalms into three major categories of orientation, disorientation and new orientation and then discusses what that looks like.
May 11, 2009 Bob rated it liked it
This is a good (and brief) presentation of B's three-fold analysis of the Psalms. Problem is that there is little "spirituality" in this in the sense of the Cloud of Unknowing, etc.
Aug 09, 2014 Old_airman rated it really liked it
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I had hoped to use this as a daily devotion. Parts of it worked for that. Other parts were too heady.
Stephenee Dyreson
Feb 15, 2014 Stephenee Dyreson rated it really liked it
It made me understand and enjoy the psalms so much better
Oct 14, 2012 Matthew rated it really liked it
A classic. Very helpful.
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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 ...more
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