Erhard Gerstenberger begins this volume with an examination of the nature of cultic poetry, its role in ancient Near Eastern religion, and more specifically its role in the religion of Israel. He goes on to survey the genres of cultic poetry, including lament, complaint, and thanksgiving, and then focuses on the book of Psalms as an example of cultic poetry, first analyzing the book as a whole and then working through Psalms 1–60 unit by unit.
A well-written, well-documented volume that is a gold mine of form-critical observations.
—John H. Hayes, Candler School of Theology
This commentary is the rich harvest of Professor Gerstenberger’s long investigation of the Psalms. It sets a benchmark for the form-critical study of Israel’s prayers and hymns.
—James Luther Mays, Union Theological Seminary, Virginia