The Book of Psalms is perhaps the most cherished book in the Old Testament. In this lively volume, two experienced teachers invite students to read and explore the Psalter and roam widely among its poems. The book introduces the dynamics of the biblical text, helping students become careful and attentive readers. It covers how to read Hebrew poetry, the Psalter’s basic genres, the idea of “the psalmist,” the metaphorical world of the Psalms, and the theology of the Psalms. Sidebars, discussion questions, and plenty of examples enhance the reading experience. This clear and concise guide is accessible to all serious students of the Bible.
“The Jacobsons have written a winsome, accessible introduction to the psalms that invites readers to fresh understanding and engagement. The authors have taken the most characteristic elements of the psalms–parallelism, genre, life setting, and metaphor–and made them understandable in ways that will enhance devotional and liturgical use. Invitation to the Psalms combines discerning theology with a lightheartedness that brings the reader along in doing interpretation in imaginative, real-life ways.”
–Walter Brueggemann, professor emeritus of Old Testament, Columbia Theological Seminary
“The authors have written one of the most accessible introductions to the Psalter available. From the character of the psalms as poetry to their function as a testimony to the God whose ways are at the center of all the psalms, the authors have taken up basic aspects of the psalms in simple, fresh, and genuinely inviting ways. Readers at all levels will enjoy and learn from this presentation of the richness of the psalms.”
–Patrick D. Miller, professor of Old Testament theology emeritus, Princeton Theological Seminary
“This is the best kind of introduction to a book of the Bible–informative, engaging, scholarly with a light touch, well-calculated to help people read the Bible but not to be a substitute for reading it, and capable of encouraging people to water-ski across the psalms (as the authors themselves put it).”
–John Goldingay, David Allan Hubbard Professor of Old Testament, Fuller Theological Seminary
Rolf A. Jacobson is associate professor of Old Testament at Luther Seminary in St. Paul, Minnesota, and is an ordained pastor.
Karl N. Jacobson is assistant professor of religion at Augsburg College in Minneapolis, Minnesota, and is an ordained pastor. Rolf and Karl previously collaborated on Crazy Talk: A Not-So-Stuffy Dictionary of Theological Terms.
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