Eaton devotes the first fifty-eight pages to surveying the historical areas surrounding the Psalms, delving into such topics as the Psalms’ authors, music, poetry, and divine names and titles, including a look at how the book of Psalms has been viewed through the ages. In the commentary, Eaton follows a simple pattern for each psalm: he offers his own translation; provides introductory remarks on the psalm’s character, position and setting; then proceeds with the commentary, concluding with a holistic appreciation of the psalm and a prayer. For closer study, Eaton has placed notes on textual details, poetic parallels and the views of other scholars in an Appendix.
“New Testament times the idea that David was the main author of the Psalms was taken for granted” (Page 6)
“they are words spoken, we might say, in the presence of God.” (Page 3)
“We have to think of the Psalms, then, as among the great foundational elements of Hebrew religion” (Page 4)
“The Individual’s Songs of Lament (/Complaint), sung by an individual” (Page 18)
“But there is also here the theme of the royal covenant. The generous gestures of the Lord to this single guest are done in the sight of and over against his adversaries; they are demonstrative, warning foes that the Covenant-Lord will protect this his Chosen One.” (Page 124)