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

Grand Rapids, Michigan: Eerdmans, 2014 pp. xvi + 312. $28.00


Description: The Psalms as Christian Lament, a companion volume to The Psalms as Christian Worship, uniquely blends verse-by-verse commentary with a history of Psalms interpretation in the church from the time of the apostles to the present. Bruce Waltke, James Houston, and Erika Moore examine ten lament psalms, including six of the seven traditional penitential psalms, covering Psalms 5, 6, 7, 32, 38, 39, 44, 102, 130, and 143. The authors ó experts in the subject area ó skillfully establish the meaning of the Hebrew text through careful exegesis and trace the church's historical interpretation and use of these psalms, highlighting their deep spiritual significance to Christians through the ages. Though C. S. Lewis called the "imprecatory" psalms "contemptible," Waltke, Houston, and Moore show that they too are profitable for sound doctrine and so for spiritual health, demonstrating that lament is an important aspect of the Christian life.

Subjects: Bible, Hebrew Bible/Old Testament, Writings, New Testament, Literature, Methods, Historical Approaches, History, Textual Criticism, Literary Approaches, Hermeneutics, Theological Approaches, Biblical Theology, Hebrew Bible/Old Testament Theology, Psalms, History of Interpretation

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Review by James M. Leonard
Published 3/15/2016
Citation: James M. Leonard, review of Bruce K. Waltke, James M. Houston, and Erika Moore, The Psalms as Christian Lament: A Historical Commentary, Review of Biblical Literature [http://www.bookreviews.org] (2016).


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