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Interpreting the Psalms

Interpreting the Psalms

Patrick D. Miller (Author)


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Patrick D. Miller seeks to help interpreters of the Psalms "find entrée into them in various ways to hear their theological claims and their point of contact with human life." In Part One, Miller examines the dominant "general approaches" that are currently shaping the study of psalms. He pays special attention to the poetic features of the psalms so as to aid the task of understanding their meaning. In Part Two, he offers extended expositions of ten specific Psalms—1, 2, 14, 22, 23, 82, 90, 127, 130, and 139. These Psalms are interpreted with an eye to theological and pastoral issues and with a sensitivity to their features and to their significance as Christian Scripture.
  • Publisher Fortress Press
  • ISBN 9780800618964
  • Format Paperback
  • Dimensions 6 x 9
  • Pages 176
  • Publication Date April 1, 1986


"It is in the conviction that the psalms belong both at the center of the life and worship of Christian congregations and in the midst of the personal pilgrimage that each of us makes under the shadow of the Almighty that I have written this book."
--Patrick D. Miller

Table of Contents

Part One
General Approaches

1. Current Issues in the Interpretation of the Psalms

2. Interpreting the Psalms: Some Clues from Their History and Content

3. Poetry and Interpretation

4. Trouble and Woe: interpreting the Biblical Laments

5. Enthroned on the Praises of Israel: Interpreting the Biblical Hymns

Part Two
Exposition of Selected Psalms

Psalm 1, Psalm 2, Psalm 14, Psalm 22, Paslm 23, Psalm 82, Psalm 90, Psalm 127, Psalm 130, Psalm 139

Resources for Further Study

Scripture Index

Index of Authors