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Berit Olam: Studies in Hebrew Narrative & Poetry: Psalms

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The psalms are masterful poems that echo the tenors of community life and worship as they project the scope of the human drama from lament to praise. They chart a profound and vital relationship with God, with all the ups and downs that this relationship implies. Konrad Schaefer’s concise commentary on the psalms relates their poetic elements while respecting their historical context and traditional use in the liturgy and, more importantly, their ultimate value as a springboard to private and communal prayer.

In Psalms, Schaefer focuses on the structure of each psalm, its dramatic plot, the modes of discourse, the rhetorical features, and the effective use of imagery to portray theology and the spiritual life. Schaefer portrays each poem’s inner dynamic to acquaint readers with the poet and the community which prayed and preserved the composition, allowing the believer to transpose it in the contemporary situation.

Psalms is for those who would like to pray the psalms with more intensity of meaning; for those willing to touch the biblical world and taste of its fruit in the Word of God; and for devoted readers of the Bible to become more expert as it helps experts become more devoted.

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  • Concentrates on the poetic elements of the Psalms
  • Respects the historical context of the Psalms and their traditional use in the liturgy
  • Includes diverse theological and theoretical perspectives
  • Title: Psalms
  • Author: Konrad Schaefer
  • Series: Berit Olam Studies in Hebrew Narrative and Poetry
  • Publisher: Liturgical Press
  • Print Publication Date: 2001
  • Logos Release Date: 2014
  • Pages: 448
  • Era: era:contemporary
  • Language: English
  • Resources: 1
  • Format: Digital › Logos Research Edition
  • Subject: Bible. O.T. Psalms › Commentaries
  • ISBN: 0814650619
  • Resource ID: LLS:BOPSALMS
  • Resource Type: Bible Commentary
  • Metadata Last Updated: 2022-02-11T17:19:50Z

Konrad Schaefer is a monk of Mount Angel Abbey, Oregon. He currently teaches at Our Lady of Angels in Cuernavaca, Mexico.


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  1. Jeffrey J H Marshall
  2. Phillip J. Long
  3. Thomas Binder

    Thomas Binder


  4. Keith Adams

    Keith Adams


    Literary analysis is one of the most rewarding and beneficial ways of analyzing Scripture. Schaefer makes some great observations leading to insightful interpretation. Unfortunately his analysis is focused on one Psalm at a time rather than also making comments about Psalm groups, but then again I haven't found a commentary that has attempted that level of analysis. In any case, I still highly recommend.

  5. MDD





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