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The Psalms as Christian Lament: A Historical Commentary
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The Psalms as Christian Lament: A Historical Commentary

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Eerdmans 2014

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Overview

While much modern scholarship has tended to “despiritualize” the Psalms, this collaboration by three evangelical scholars carefully attends to the two voices of the Holy Spirit—heard infallibly in Scripture and edifyingly in the church’s response.

The Psalms as Christian Lament, a sequel to The Psalms as Christian Worship, uniquely blends verse-by-verse commentary with a history of Psalms interpretation in the church to examine 10 lament psalms, including the seven traditional penitential psalms. Though C. S. Lewis called the “imprecatory” psalms “contemptible,” Waltke, Houston, and Moore show that they too are profitable for sound doctrine and so for spiritual health.

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Key Features

  • Carefully attends to the two voices of the Holy Spirit
  • Blends verse-by-verse commentary with a history of Psalms interpretation
  • Examines 10 lament psalms as well as the seven traditional penitential psalms

Contents

  • The Psalms as the Christian’s Lament
  • Psalm 5: A Royal Petition for Protection from Malicious Liars
  • Psalm 6: Pursuit of Moral Excellence
  • Psalm 7: A Royal Petition for Cosmic Justice
  • Psalm 32: Forgiveness for the Justified
  • Psalm 38: The Dance between Deserved and Undeserved Suffering
  • Psalm 39: The Lament of Silence in the Pastoral Theology of Erasmus
  • Psalm 44: Lament in National Catastrophe
  • Psalm 102: The Prayer of an Afflicted Person
  • Psalm 130: Lament of the Sinner before the Triune God of Grace
  • Psalm 143: The Lament of the Justified

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About the Authors

Bruce K. Waltke is distinguished professor of Old Testament at Knox Theological Seminary in Fort Lauderdale, Florida and professor emeritus of biblical studies at Regent College in Vancouver, BC. He is the author of numerous books and Old Testament commentaries, including works on Genesis, Proverbs, and Micah.

James M. Houston is founding principal and former chancellor of Regent College and was the college’s first professor of spiritual theology. His books include Joyful Exiles: Life in Christ on the Dangerous Edge of Things and Letters of Faith through the Seasons: A Treasury of Great Christians’ Correspondence.

Erika Moore is professor of Old Testament and Hebrew at Trinity School for Ministry, Ambridge, Pennsylvania.