This volume is a contribution to the contemporary debate on the purpose of the Psalms in the Bible. In it, David Mitchell maintains that the Psalms contain a clear and purposeful order and a discernable record of eschatological events—Israel in exile, the appearance of a Messiah, the gathering of Israel, conflicts among nations, suffering, the scattering of Israel in the wilderness, the establishment of Zion, and the prosperity of Israel. Mitchell explores these themes and more in considerable detail. Beginning with a detailed review of the history of the interpretation of the Psalms, he examines the Psalms of Asaph, the Songs of Ascents, the Messiah in the Psalms, and other eschatological themes in Psalms.
David C. Mitchell is a theologian and a musician. In addition to The Message of the Psalter, he has written extensively on the Psalms.