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The Psalms as Christian Worship: A Historical Commentary
Waltke, Bruce K. and James M. Houston

Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 2010 pp. xii + 626. $28.00


Description: This commentary uniquely combines a verse-by-verse exposition of the Hebrew text of selected Psalms with a history of their interpretation in the Church from the time of the apostles to the present. / Bruce K. Waltke begins the collaboration by first skillfully establishing the meaning of the chosen psalms through careful exegesis in which each text is interpreted in light of its historical backgrounds, its literary form, and the poet’s rhetoric. James M. Houston then exposits each text’s relevance in conjunction with the Church’s interpretation of it throughout her history. To further the accuracy of this interpretation, he commissioned fresh translations of numerous Latin and Middle English texts. / The authors’ purpose in creating this volume was not merely to produce a masterful commentary. Rather, they wished to aid in enriching the daily life of the contemporary Christian and to deepen the church’s community. Waltke and Houston here bring together the two voices of the Holy Spirit — heard infallibly in Scripture and edifyingly in the Church’s response — in a rare and illuminating combination.

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

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Review by Eduan Naudé
Published 8/12/2011
Citation: Eduan Naudé, review of Bruce K. Waltke and James M. Houston, with Erika Moore, The Psalms as Christian Worship: A Historical Commentary, Review of Biblical Literature [http://www.bookreviews.org] (2011).


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