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On the Book of Psalms: Exploring the Prayers of Ancient Israel
This book is the result of a lifetime of study of the Hebrew Bible by a mature scholar whose love of the Tanakh, and especially of the Psalter, shines through on every page.
ebook, 312 pages
Published December 29th 2010 by Schocken
(first published August 3rd 1993)
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Sep 06, 2017 Mike Day rated it really liked it · review of another edition
I really liked this book. I loved Sarna's analysis of Psalm 82. I also really liked his take on the righteous on page 34 and how it relates to "the sinners" and "the scoffers" ... this is a book I have to own, to pick up and read again. Sarna is like that. If you love the scriptures, Sarna is a great author that helps with the content and context of Hebrew passages.
I enjoyed Sarna's analysis of several psalms a great deal. It isn't obvious how Sarna picked the psalms for this volume - starting with number one, I initially thought this would go through all of them in order. Several of the later essays are from selections used as daily psalms in the traditional liturgy, but not all. This book did a great job of bringing psalm 15 to my attention - that is not encountered often (ever?) in traditional Jewish liturgy, and the clarity of the ethical contract whic ...more
Nov 08, 2014 Sue rated it really liked it · review of another edition
Re-read.The author is a well-known Biblical scholar. In this book he takes 10 psalms & discusses them - not piously, but in terms of their historical background, themes they share in common with other ancient literature, &c. Well-written & aimed at the lay reader (not other scholars).