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Portraits of the Righteous in the Psalms: An Exploration of the Ethics of Book I
Owens, Daniel C.

Eugene, Oreg.: Wipf and Stock, 2013 pp. xiii + 239. $28.00



Description: What have the Psalms to do with ethics? Readers prize the Psalter for its richly theological prayers, but into these prayers are woven a variety of ethical issues. This book explores the ethics of the Psalter by examining the four portraits of the righteous person that punctuate Book I. It begins by studying these psalms as individual compositions and then employs both the canonical approach and dialogic criticism to identify the complex relationship between the portraits' vision of the righteous life and its outcome. Does the righteous person enjoy security and the good life? The answer may be surprising, but joining the psalmist on the rocky path of the interface of faith and experience is certain to prove a formative experience.

Subjects: Bible, Hebrew Bible/Old Testament, Writings, Literature, Methods, Literary Approaches, Theological Approaches, Psalms

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Review by Beat Weber
Published 7/2/2014
Citation: Beat Weber, review of Daniel C. Owens, Portraits of the Righteous in the Psalms: An Exploration of the Ethics of Book I, Review of Biblical Literature [http://www.bookreviews.org] (2014).


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