In Surrendering Retribution in the Psalms, David Firth examines the ways in which the editors of the Psalms have provided a model of prayer and the surrender of the right of retribution to Yahweh as the appropriate way to respond to violence. This study breaks fresh ground on the question of the ways in which the book of Psalms offers instruction.
This introduction to the complaint Psalms is then applied to the context of South Africa where Firth was working as a missionary when he wrote the original thesis. In this way, the continuing missiological significance of these Psalms is also explored.
David Firth's exegetical endeavors in allowing the Psalms to speak to us (and for us!) again about surrendering the human retributive response to violence in favor of a radical trust in God are so important.
—Donald L. Morcom
David G. Firth is Old Testament Tutor at Cliff College, Derbyshire.