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Psalms for Everyone, Part 1: Psalms 1–72

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In this volume, John Goldingay explores Psalms 1–72. The psalms, Goldingay says, show us four ways to speak to God: in words of praise, thanksgiving, trust, and supplication. Goldingay provides brief commentary on each psalm and shows how each one can be relevant to contemporary life. Perfect for daily devotions, Sunday school prep, or brief visits with the Bible, this commentary is an excellent resource for the modern lay reader.

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  • Offers a fresh translation of the book of Psalms
  • Discusses the text’s contemporary relevance
  • Provides an introduction to the texts theological significance

Top Highlights

“Thus a third way of speaking to God (and to one another) is to say, ‘I trust you.’” (Page 3)

“The psalm isn’t a prophecy in the sense of a passage that says, ‘One day there will be a messiah to whom this happens.’ It’s a prayer for Israelites to pray when they need to, so it is hugely encouraging because it gives them permission to acknowledge their sense of abandonment and their fears without shame.” (Page 70)

“The expression is an image for living in Yahweh’s presence, living in Yahweh’s household, and therefore being under Yahweh’s protection. It makes everything else but the ‘one thing’ fall away.” (Page 86)

“World peace will come, the psalm says, by God’s stopping nations from making war in order to extend their empires. We use the challenge ‘Be still and know that I am God’ as an invitation to stop rushing around, to be quiet and center on God, which is an invitation we do need. In the psalm, it is a challenge to great nations to stop thinking that they are so great, to stop thinking they can do what they like in the world, and in particular to stop thinking they can do what they like with God’s people and God’s city. It’s another way of envisaging the coming of world peace. Israel did not experience its arrival, and neither do we, but little experiences of God’s winning the battle give grounds for believing that God will ultimately do so.” (Page 148)

“It’s an odd notion, in a way, the notion of arguing with oneself. It implies that human beings are designed to be people who are divided within themselves. They are not simply to give in to their (proper) sadness, fears, or temptations. They are to do battle with themselves.” (Pages 136–137)

  • Title: Psalms for Everyone, Part 1: Psalms 1–72
  • Author: John Goldingay
  • Series: Old Testament for Everyone
  • Publishers: SPCK, Westminster John Knox
  • Print Publication Date: 2013
  • Logos Release Date: 2013
  • Pages: 228
  • Era: era:contemporary
  • Language: English
  • Resources: 1
  • Format: Digital › Logos Research Edition
  • Subject: Bible. O.T. Psalms 1-72 › Commentaries
  • Resource ID: LLS:EVRY19PS
  • Resource Type: Bible Commentary
  • Metadata Last Updated: 2022-10-05T17:07:47Z

John Goldingay has been at Fuller Theological Seminary since 1997 and currently serves as the David Allan Hubbard Professor of Old Testament in the School of Theology. Before coming to Fuller, Goldingay was principal and a professor of Old Testament and Hebrew at St. John’s Theological College in Nottingham, England. He is the author of several books, including Old Testament Theology vol. 1, After Eating the Apricot, and Models for Scripture, as well as commentaries on Daniel, Isaiah, and Psalms. He holds membership in the Society of Biblical Literature and serves on the editorial board for the Library of Hebrew Bible/Old Testament Studies.


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