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“Yahweh was conceived as taking the same patient, unwearying care of His people as the shepherd of his flock.—I have no want], because the shepherd has provided for all wants. The imperf. is not future, but a present of habitual experience.” (Page 208)
“The host welcomes his guest to a feast all prepared for him on the table.—in the presence of mine adversaries]. The psalmist is not without adversaries, but they are not dangerous. He has guest-right with Yahweh. He is safe and secure, because, in accordance with Oriental customs, the host is obliged to protect his guest from all enemies, at all costs.” (Page 210)
“He is not thinking of mankind, men, women, and children; but of men only. He has not in mind all men, or all Jews, or all pious men; but specifically that kind of a man he is about to describe, one devoting his whole time, night and day, to the study of the Law; that is, the ideal scribe such as Ezra.” (Page 5)
“In grassy pastures], those where the tender grass, the young herbage, was abundant.—makes me lie down], in the midst of plenty, so that it may be enjoyed with ease and comfort.” (Page 208)
“the Ps. is so nearly related to the suffering servant of Is.2” (Page 190)
Christian scholarship seems here to have reached the highest level yet attained in study of the book which in religious importance stands next to the Gospels. His work upon it is not likely to be excelled in learning, both massive and minute, by any volume of the International Series, to which it belongs.
We have in this work what we should expect, extreme thoroughness, scholarly precision and depth of insight.
It is scarcely too much to say that we have here in compact form the best available commentary upon the first book of the Psalter. It is not simply grammatical and lexical, but it embodies the best results of the author's study of Biblical theology. These serve to bring out doubly the significance and import of these hymns of worship of ancient Israel.
Charles Augustus Briggs (January 15, 1841 - 1913): American theologian and Hebrew scholar. Born in New York City, he was educated at the University of Virginia (1857-1860), graduated at the Union Theological Seminary in 1863, and studied further at the University of Berlin. He was pastor of the Presbyterian church of Roselle, New Jersey, 1869-1874, and professor of Hebrew and cognate languages in Union Theological Seminary 1874-1891. From 1880 to 1890 he was an editor of the Presbyterian Review. In 1892 he was tried for heresy by the presbytery of New York and acquitted; the general assembly, however, suspended Briggs in 1893. He was ordained a priest of the Protestant Episcopal Church in 1899. He has been awarded many honoraries degrees and is the author of many publications.