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Spirituality of the Psalms

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Known as one of America’s best theologians and one of the world’s foremost scholars on the Old Testament, Walter Brueggemann has inspired young scholars and students and driven the discourse on theology with some of the biggest players in contemporary Bible scholarship.

The seasons of our lives change. Using a model of “orientation—disorientation—new orientation,” Walter Brueggemann explores how the genres of the Psalms can be viewed in terms of their function. This results in fresh readings of these ancient songs that illumine their spiritual depth. The voices of the Psalms come through in all their bold realism.

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Key Features

  • Provides essential Old Testament scholarship from one of the most prominent living scholars
  • Considers the flow of the Psalms within the flow of every day life
  • Organizes the Psalms in such a way as to provide a new lens to see them through
  • Includes material perfect for pastors, professors, counselors, and Old Testament scholars


  • The Psalms and the Seasons of Life
  • Psalms of Disorientation
  • Psalms of New Orientation
  • Spirituality and God’s Justice

Product Details

  • Title: Spirituality of the Psalms
  • Author: Walter Brueggemann
  • Series: Facets Series
  • Publisher: Augsburg Fortress
  • Publication Date: 2001
  • Pages: 76

About Walter Brueggemann

Walter Brueggemann through his teaching, lecturing, and writing, has effectively demonstrated the significance of the Old Testament for our fractured world today. Recognized as the preeminent interpreter of the ancient texts in relation to questions posed by a variety of academic disciplines, he has shown the way toward a compelling understanding of the major components of the faith and life of ancient Israel, especially its Psalms, the prophets, and the narratives. His award-winning Theology of the Old Testament quickly became a foundational work in the field.

Brueggemann, who holds a ThD from Union Seminary, New York, and a PhD from St. Louis University, is William Marcellus McPheeters Professor of Old Testament at Columbia Theological Seminary, Decatur, Georgia. He was previously professor of Old Testament at Eden Theological Seminary, St. Louis. His many Fortress Press books, including The Threat of Life: Sermons on Pain, Power, and Weakness, exhibit a fecund combination of imaginative power, sound scholarship, and a passion of justice and redemption.

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Top Highlights

“Human life consists in satisfied seasons of well-being that evoke gratitude for the constancy of blessing.” (Page 8)

“The following discussion is organized around three quite general themes: psalms of orientation, psalms of disorientation, and psalms of new orientation.” (Pages 7–8)

“Human life consists in turns of surprise when we are overwhelmed with the new gifts of God, when joy breaks through the despair.” (Page 8)

“Human life consists in anguished seasons of hurt, alienation, suffering, and death. These evoke rage, resentment, self-pity, and hatred.” (Page 8)

“The Psalms draw our entire life under the rule of God, where everything may be submitted to the God of the gospel” (Page 2)

  • Title: Spirituality of the Psalms
  • Author: Walter Brueggemann
  • Publisher: Fortress Press
  • Print Publication Date: 2002
  • Logos Release Date: 2013
  • Era: era:Contemporary
  • Language: English
  • Resources: 1
  • Format: Digital › Logos Research Edition
  • Subjects: Bible. O.T. Psalms › Criticism, interpretation, etc; Bible. O.T. Psalms › Theology
  • Resource Type: text.monograph.biblical-theology
  • Metadata Last Updated: 2022-02-12T06:06:39Z

Walter Brueggemann is William Marcellus McPheeters Professor of Old Testament Emeritus at Columbia Theological Seminary in Decatur, Georgia. He is past president of the Society of Biblical Literature and the author of numerous books, including David’s Truth: In Israel’s Imagination and MemoryInterpretation: A Bible Commentary for Teaching and Preaching Genesis, and The Message of the Psalms: A Theological Commentary.


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