In this “meticulous” commentary, “brilliantly” translated by Linda M. Maloney, Frank Lothar Hossfeld and Erich Zenger provide for each psalm a relevant bibliography of scholarship, a fresh translation, text-critical and philological details, and commentary on historical context, theological significance, literary structure, and reception (in Septuagint, Targums, and New Testament), engaging a wide range of scholarship as they proceed. Line drawings help to illustrate the Ancient Near Eastern context.
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Without doubt, this commentary should be one of the first choices among commentaries on the Psalms for every scholar involved in research in the field. Its methodology is clear, honest, and logical; the material presented is rich; and the structure is effective so that . . . readers will find their way to whatever psalm and its background they are searching for. The editorial board of Hermeneia is to be thanked for its decision to publish a translation of such a first-class commentary.
—Thomas J. Kraus, private scholar
Hossfeld and Zenger have given us the definitive commentary on the Psalms for this generation. Their attention to exegetical, historical, redactional, and theological dimensions of these texts ensures that the reader will have the most comprehensive access to the Psalms. From careful discussion of textual issues to the New Testament’s appropriation of the Psalms, they have provided the kind of deep exploration of the Psalter not available in any other commentary.
—Patrick D. Miller, Professor Emeritus of Old Testament Theology, Princeton Theological Seminary
Frank Lothar Hossfeld is professor of Old Testament at the University of Bonn, Germany. He is the author of Der Dekalog and Untersuchungen zu Komposition und Theologie des Ezechielbuches.
Erich Zenger is professor of Old Testament at the University of Münster, Germany. He is the author of numerous works, including To Begin with, God Created and A God of Vengeance.