Dr. Craigie communicates both the emotional and the theological impact of the Psalms as originally experienced by the people of Israel in their public worship and in private devotions.
His careful, technical analysis will give the modern reader a new appreciation of the reality that life and faith, history and liturgy, struggle and prayer, are inseparable in the life of the people of God.
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Customer Reviews for Word Biblical Commentary: Psalms 1-50, Volume 19 - Slightly Imperfect
Review 1 for Word Biblical Commentary: Psalms 1-50, Volume 19 - Slightly Imperfect
Great book–slightly oversized "imperfect" ver
Date:July 16, 2013
Location:North Syracuse, NY
I foolishly sold my copy of this Word volume years ago and decided to get this "imperfect" version quite inexpensively. It's a great volume in terms of content-very helpful in trying to figure out what the Psalms are saying. It clarifies in places where the translations aren't as clear or where different translations differ. However, it also makes things unclear when translations fail to do so. This latter phenomenon is important because sometimes our translations take a Hebrew text that is not too clear, then go with the best English they can make of it and move on. In such cases, we get a false sense of security about how clear the verse really is. So both clarifying and "declarifying" are important tasks for commentators, and it seems to me it happens more in the Psalms than other places, due to the differences in vocabulary and grammar within Hebrew poetry.
I could only find one thing "imperfect" about this discounted version. I found no obvious blemishes, no bent pages, and the dust jacket was perfect. I think they must have had a print run on this volume in which the physical size of the book is a fraction of an inch taller than the others in the Word series. So when I put it with the others I already have, it is visibly (but not too obnoxiously) taller than the other volumes. That's my best guess, anyway.