Psalms as Torah (Studies in Theological Interpretation): Reading Biblical Song Ethically

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Baker Books, Feb 1, 2012 - Religion - 256 pages
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The Psalms are the most-read part of the Old Testament, but their importance for ethics has often been overlooked. However, the Psalms offer some of the most potent ethical instruction in the Bible. In this book internationally renowned Old Testament scholar Gordon Wenham examines the source of the Psalms' power, reflects on their main ethical themes, and shows how they function as prayers that change us. Wenham makes an important contribution to biblical scholarship and breaks new ground in discussions of Old Testament ethics, yet he writes accessibly, making this book invaluable for students, scholars, and pastors.
 

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Contents

Introduction
1
Jewish and Christian Approaches to the Psalms
11
The Psalter as an Anthology to Be Memorized
41
The Unique Claims of Prayed Ethics
57
The Concept of the Law in the Psalms
77
Laws in the Psalter
97
Appeals for Divine Intervention
167
The Ethic of the Psalms and the New Testament
181
Conclusion
203
Selected Bibliography
209
Scripture Index
217
Author Index
227
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About the author (2012)

Gordon J. Wenham (PhD, University of London) is tutor in Old Testament at Trinity College, Bristol, England, and professor emeritus of Old Testament at the University of Gloucestershire. He is the author or editor of numerous books, including Story as Torah and commentaries on Genesis, Leviticus, and Numbers.

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