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Mentor Commentary: Psalms (2 vols.)

, 2011


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The Psalms contain the praises of the people of God. They are the people of Israel’s creed. But more than that, they reveal historical personal accounts which demonstrate how the people of God are to put their trust in him in every circumstance; they display the character of God, who is majestic, sovereign, and compassionate.

Like other works in the Mentor Commentary series, this two-volume set combines a high view of Scripture with access to the latest academic theological research. This unique combination allows you to see what recent scholarly research has discovered without losing sight of the inerrancy of Scripture. Discover the richness of Scripture with detailed commentary, thorough exegesis, and probing questions on literary, interpretive, and contextual issues.

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  • Contains discussion of important textual, literary, and philological questions
  • Provides an introduction to the style, structure, and composition, and authorship of the Psalms
  • Includes background studies on the literary traditions
  • Discusses exegetical and interpretive issues
  • Offers an introduction to the historical and cultural setting of the book

Top Highlights

“It opens here in Psalm 1 with a call for obedient service, while it closes in Psalm 150 with a call for universal praise.3 It commences with the challenge of walking diligently in the ways of the Lord, while it closes with universal adoration of him.” (Pages 97–98)

“He does not laugh to ridicule them, but because he views their planning from his sovereign security, and because he knows that his day is coming (Ps. 37:13, kî yâvoʾ yômô), the day of his final judgment. Almost the same expression as here involving the two verbs ‘to laugh’ and ‘to mock’ (sâchaq, lâʿag) occurs also in Psalm 59:8.” (Page 103)

“In Hebrew there are two words for blessing, one used by God when he is expressing a benediction (bâruch), and the other used here (ʾashe) by men when referring to other men. To merit the word blessed used here, man has to do something, or, as in this case, not do something, for which he can be commended. Here the character of the blessed man is defined by three negative terms—who does not walk in the counsel of the wicked or stand in the way of sinners or sit in the seat of the mockers (v. 1). With mounting emphasis the psalmist describes the character of those whose trust is in the Lord. They do not look to ungodly men as a source of wisdom; their path is not that taken by sinners; their company is not with those who mock God or who are self-satisfied and proud.” (Page 98)

“These two characteristics displayed here, love for worship of God and for the fellowship of his people, marked out God’s people in both old covenant and new covenant times (Heb. 10:25), and should do so still.” (Page 894)

Allan Harman’s commentary is the fruit of a lifetime’s study of the Psalter and provides a well-informed, reliable guide to the vast literature on the subject. The extensive introduction is itself worth its weight in gold while the Scripture text is opened up in a clear, careful, and devout way.

Philip H. Eveson, former principal, London Theological Seminary

Harman’s commentary on the Psalms is a solid exposition of the Psalms. The focus is on the original meaning of the psalms with clear explanations of the message of each psalm through an analysis of structure, key words, and the flow of the psalm. And yet, the meaning of the psalms for God’s people today is also emphasized by showing important connections to the New Testament. The reader will discover the rich treasures in the Psalms through the use of this commentary.

—Richard P. Belcher Jr., professor of Old Testament, Reformed Theological Seminary

Allan Harman writes as a Christian scholar, with academic precision and devotional warmth. The unique character of this commentary is undoubtedly due to the method of its preparation . . . After completing careful exegesis of each psalm, Allan brought the fruits of his study into the service of family worship in his own home. The result is a commentary that is both academically solid and devotionally rich. This commentary will be a worthy resource for the pastor and student in the study as well as the layman seeking personal edification.

—Michael LeFebvre, pastor, Christ Church Reformed Presbyterian Church, Indianapolis, Indiana

  • Title: Mentor Commentary: Psalms (2 vols.)
  • Author: Allan Harman
  • Series: Mentor Commentary
  • Publisher: Christian Focus
  • Volumes: 2
  • Pages: 1,038

Allan Macdonald Harman (born 7 June 1936) is an Australian Presbyterian theologian and Old Testament scholar. He has been described as a “well-known and highly regarded figure in Christian and especially evangelical circles within Australia and overseas.” Harman was born in Lismore, New South Wales and attended Taree High School and Sydney University. He then studied overseas, at the University of Edinburgh and Westminster Theological Seminary.


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