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The Psalter as Witness: Theology, Poetry, and Genre; Proceedings from the Baylor University-University of Bonn Symposium on the Psalter
Tucker Jr., W. Dennis and W. H. Bellinger Jr., editors

Waco, TX: Baylor University Press, 2017 pp. xii + 204. $49.95


Description: The Psalter as Witness considers the complexity of the Psalms as well as their role in bearing witness to the theological claims that comprise Israel's traditions. While no single volume can readily capture the full range of the Psalter's theology, these chapters provide rich reflection on significant themes in selected psalms, in collections of psalms, and even across the structure of the Psalter itself. The result of the Baylor-Bonn symposium, The Psalter as Witness employs the full array of methodological approaches to the Psalms practiced in both Germany and North America. The Psalter as Witness thus effectively mirrors the theological, thematic, and generic intricacies of the Psalms in the myriad ways interpreters read the Psalter. The Psalms here become a window into the central, life-giving commitments of Israel in its call to justice and mercy, its practice of ethics and politics, and its worship and life with God.

Subjects: Bible, Hebrew Bible/Old Testament, Writings, Literature, Psalms

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Review by Steven Bishop
Published 11/29/2018
Citation: Steven Bishop, review of W. Dennis Tucker Jr. and W. H. Bellinger Jr., eds., The Psalter as Witness: Theology, Poetry, and Genre; Proceedings from the Baylor UniversityĖUniversity of Bonn Symposium on the Psalter, Review of Biblical Literature [http://www.bookreviews.org] (2018).


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