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The Psalter Reclaimed: Praying and Praising with the Psalms

, 2013
ISBN: 9781433533990


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One of the most respected Old Testament scholars of our time introduces us to the history of scholarship on the Psalter and provides hermeneutical guidelines for interpreting the book— making accessible to us the transforming messages of the Psalms.

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“In singing the psalms, one is actively committing oneself to following the God-approved life. This is what we are doing singing the psalms.” (source)

“To sum up, singing or praying the psalms is a performative, typically a commissive, act: saying these solemn words to God alters one’s relationship in a way that mere listening does not.” (source)

“the main point of the Psalms: they are designed to be prayed.” (source)

“For [religious] readers the ideally read work is the memorized work, and the ideal mode of rereading is by memorial recall.’ As a reader memorizes a text, he becomes textualized; that is, he embodies the work he has committed to memory. ‘Ezekiel’s eating of the prophetic scroll . . . is a representation of the kind of incorporation and internalization involved in religious reading: the work is ingested, used for nourishment, incorporated: it becomes the basis for rumination and for action.’” (source)

“In the Middle Ages the Psalter was the only part of the Bible a layman was likely to own.” (source)

Product Details

  • Title : The Psalter Reclaimed: Praying and Praising with the Psalms
  • Author: Wenham, Gordon
  • Publisher: Crossway
  • Publication Date: 2013
  • ISBN: 9781433533990


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  1. Richard C. Hammond, Jr.
  2. David Leslie Bond
  3. Randy



    For some reason, when I try to cite from this source, it doesn't show any page number. I also do not see the option of showing page numbers in the visual filters area. Am I doing something wrong, or are page numbers not available for this work?

  4. Vernon J. Friesen
    I can't open it to read it on my Kindle?

  5. Terence Tan

    Terence Tan


    Gordon Wenham, an OT expert, will tell you everything you wanted to know (and then some) on the Psalms, especially the canonical approach. Read how Book 1 to 5 tell a big story, how Psalm 1 and 2 are the theme-setters for the whole book and how neighbouring psalms can shed light on our reading. He writes in a scholarly way which might be too much for some readers. However, with a little bit of effort, his insights are accessible. To say the book helps readers pray and praise with the Psalms is an over-sell. To be precise, I would say it guides readers to read and interpret the Psalms.

  6. Isaac C McCullough
  7. Robert Frattallone


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