Psalms 1-72: Volume 22 - NEW COLLEGEVILLE BIBLE COMMENTARY: OLD TESTAMENT 22 (Paperback)Dianne Bergant (author)
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The book of Psalms plays a significant role in the public and private prayer of both the Jewish and Christian communities today, helping to shape the minds and hearts of modern believers.
In two commentaries, one covering Psalms 1-72 and the other Psalms 73-150, Dianne Bergant examines the theological and historical circumstances from which the psalms originated. She reveals how the psalms were intended for instruction as well as prayer, and helps us experience their lyrical nature. In a fresh encounter with these poems of lament, hymns of praise, and prayers of thanksgiving, readers gain a new appreciation for these ancient texts, remembering that God - who dwells with us still - is "gracious and merciful, slow to anger and abounding in mercy" (Pss 145:8).
Publisher: Liturgical Press
Number of pages: 142
Weight: 198 g
Dimensions: 229 x 152 x 8 mm
Kathleen M. O'Connor, William Marcellus McPheeters Professor of Old Testament, Emerita, Columbia Theological Seminary
The introduction provides an excellent overview of the origin, types and theology of the Psalms as well as their use today. The identification of the types of each Psalm and insightful information offer rich reflection for an individual or group. The review aids and discussion questions are helpful for a bible study group. Citations of the Catechism of the Catholic Church connect these ancient prayers to contemporary catechesis. I highly recommend this for parish use.
Camilla Burns, SND, Professor of Religious Studies, Trinity Washington University
This slim volume admirably fulfills the goal of the New Collegeville Commentary series. Bergant does a superb job of introducing the Psalms to the average reader. She is attentive both to historical and religious interpretations, making this commentary a reliable resource for both prayer and study of this beloved book of the Bible.
Father Ronald D. Witherup, SS, biblical scholar, Superior General of the Sulpicians and a noted author of many books on the Bible, most recently,Saint Paul and the New Evangelization (Liturgical Press, 2013)
Dianne Bergant offers us a succinct commentary on the inspired hymns of ancient Israel. Conscious of expressions and attitudes which might trouble contemporary sensitivities, she explores their deeper insights in order to incorporate them more readily into the prayers and aspirations of modern Christian adults. She allows them to speak in their own vital idiom without imposing Christian piety upon their heartfelt pleas.
Bishop Richard J. Sklba, author of Fire Starters: A Companion to the Weekday Lectionary Readings in Ordinary Time