This page lists all the site resources on Psalms by media type. If you click on any title the video, audio or document or a link to it should open up underneath.
Mark Futato, the Robert L. Maclellan professor of Old Testament at Reformed Theological Seminary in Orlando, Florida on such issues as
- whether or not we should make the Psalms “about me”;
- allowing the organization of Psalms to inform our teaching;
- common mistakes made in teaching Psalms;
- the big three kinds of Psalms;
- how Psalms speaks to our emotions; and
- singing the Psalms about Jesus, to Jesus, with Jesus.
18 Lectures on the Psalms by Bruce K. Waltke
Introduction to the Book of Psalms
The Cultic Background of the Psalms
The Historical Approach to the Psalms
The Literary Background of the Psalms
The Individual Lament Form of Psalm
Penitential Psalm of Lament
A Community Lament Psalm (Walter Bodine)
Psalms of Trust
The Declarative Praise Psalm
Combination Psalm of Acknowledgment
Descriptive Praise Psalms
Enthronement Psalms: The Lord as King
The Wisdom Psalms
The Messianic Psalms
The Eye of the Storm
From Annotated Old Testament Bibliography – 2016 by M. Daniel Carroll R., Hélène Dallaire, and Richard S. Hess (Denver Seminary).
Allen L.C. Psalms 101-150. WBC. Word, 1983. A balanced and comprehensive Evangelical survey of exegesis in these psalms.
Cohen, A. Psalms. Hebrew Text, English Translation and Commentary. Revised by E. Oratz. Soncino, 1992. A Jewish perspective on the interpretation of the Psalms.
*Craigie, P. Psalms 1-50. WBC. Word, 1983. A clearly written Evangelical combination of comparative Ugaritic studies and theological insights with practical application.
*deClaissé-Walford, Nancy, Rolf A. Jacobson, and Beth LaNeel Tanner. The Book of Psalms. NICOT. Eerdmans, 2014. Valuable, current exegesis and literary analysis of the Psalter in a single volume.
*Goldingay, John. Psalms: Volume 1: Psalms 1-41. Volume 2: Psalms 42-89. Volume 3: Psalms 90-150. BCOTWP. Baker, 2006, 2007, 2008. A detailed postmodern exegesis with theological insight. Evangelical.
Hossfeld, Frank-Lothar and Erich Zenger. Psalms 2. Hermeneia. Minneapolis: Fortress Press, 2005. A detailed scholarly commentary on Psalms 50-100 with much discussion about multiple stages of redaction in many psalms.
Kidner, D. Psalms 1-72 and Psalms 73-150. TOTC. IVP, 1973, 1975. An Evangelical musical artist and theological exegete brings the psalms to life.
Kraus, H.-J. Psalms 1-59. Translated by H. C. Oswald. Continental. Fortress, 1988. A comprehensive review of scholarship and detailed commentary on the Psalms.
Kraus, H.-J. Psalms 60-150. Translated by H. C. Oswald. Continental. Fortress, 1989.
Mays, J. L. Psalms. Int. Westminster John Knox, 1994. This is a theological and practical commentary set within the contexts of the canon of Scripture and the history of interpretation.
Tate, M. E. Psalms 51-100. WBC. Word, 1990. An Evangelical focus on review of scholarship, exegesis and word studies, and the relation of psalms to one another.
Terrien, Samuel. The Psalms. Strophic Structure and Theological Commentary. ECC. Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 2003. A theological and practical exegesis of the Psalms from an expert in Wisdom literature; with translation.
Williams, D. M. Psalms. CC. 2 vols. Word, 1986. Evangelical.
Bullock, C. Hassell. Encountering the Book of Psalms: A Literary and Theological Introduction. Baker, 2001. The best college survey of the teaching of the Psalms.
Grogan, Geoffrey. Prayer, Praise & Prophecy: A Theology of the Psalms. Mentor. Christian Focus, 2001. Encounter the great themes of God, suffering, and the expectation of the Messiah in this introduction to the theology of the Psalms.
Comments on Commentaries
An assessment of commentaries on a book of the Old & New Testament to keep you up to date with what will help in preaching and teaching in the local church.
OT: The Psalms
The Book of Psalms stands in the centre of the Scriptures but any commentary on the Psalms faces a number of problems. The text is long and diverse, sometimes with divers readings. The Psalms themselves cover an immense period of history and every theological issue. Most people think they understand what the Psalms are before they begin to read them (but don’t). The chance of finding a short, cheap, one volume commentary which does justice to the Psalter is remote.
The three volume Word commentary represents a substantial investment but falls into my ‘best buy’ category by a long way. The introductions are substantial; there is good coverage of textual problems, and there is no attempt to force the texts to fit individual reconstructuions of ritual or theology: Peter Craigie on Psalms 1-50 (Word, 1983); Mervin Tate on Psalms 51-100 (Word, 1990) and Leslie Allen on Psalms 101-150 (Word, 1983). Top of my list of monographs would still be Sigmund Mowinckel’s great work The Psalms in Israel’s Worship (Sheffield Academic Press, 1992).
Other substantial commentaries are those of H J Kraus, now available in English (2 vols; Augsberg, 1989) and L Jacquet, Les Psaumes et le coeur de l’homme (3 vols; J. Duculot, 1975). If you read French the latter is good for preachers. A A Anderson‘s 2 volume commentary in the NCB series is useful as a starter but doesn’t always answer the hard questions. It also doesn’t, in my experience, help much in preparing sermons. A Weiser (SCM 1962) is worth reading and is particular good at linking Psalms and hymnody but too many of the psalms are anchored to his reconstruction of the covenant festival. John Eaton‘s single volume Torch commentary (SCM, 1967) is as good as a small commentary can be and excellent at setting a context in ritual. His Psalms Come Alive (Mowbray, 1984) for more general readers is also good.
In the last fifteen years the work of Walter Brueggemann represents a shift away from the search for the original setting of the Psalms in the worship of Israel and back towards their underlying theology. See The Meaning of the Psalms (Augsburg, 1984) and The Psalms in the Life of Faith (Fortress, 1995) for a selection of his writings.
Steven Croft, Warden of Cranmer Hall, St. John’s College, Durham