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Psalms of the Faithful: Luther’s Early Reading of the Psalter in Canonical Context
German, Brian T.

Bellingham, WA: Lexham Press, 2017 pp. xi + 216. $25.99

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Studies in Historical and Systematic Theology

Description: The Psalms forced Martin Luther to change how he read the Bible. In Psalms of the Faithful Brian German shows us Luther's reappraisal of the plain sense of Scripture. By following the canonical shaping of the Psalter, Luther refined his interpretive principles into a more finely grained hermeneutic. Luther inspires us to read the Psalms empathetically with ancient Israelites and early church fathers. He stirs us up to join the “faithful synagogue” in praying to and praising the Lord our God. According to many scholars, Luther established his approach to biblical exegesis on the claim that Jesus Christ is Scripture's content and speaker. While Luther used this formulation in prefaces, how did he really read the Bible? German applies pressure not only to how Luther scholars understand Luther's interpretive method, but also to how modern biblical exegetes approach their task—and even to how we read the Bible.

Subjects: Bible, Hebrew Bible/Old Testament, Writings, Literature, Methods, Literary Approaches, Canonical Criticism, Other Methods, Psalms

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Review by Jill Firth
Published 2/6/2020
Citation: Jill Firth, review of Brian T. German, Psalms of the Faithful: Luther’s Early Reading of the Psalter in Canonical Context, Review of Biblical Literature [http://www.bookreviews.org] (2020).


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