Books, Commentaries, Hebrew, Old Testament

Resources on the Psalms

Here I am again, trolling for resources! This time it’s concerning the psalter. I would like to take up a detailed exegetical study of the psalms, so top-notch resources are my goal (within a reasonable budget, of course!). I have only looked into a few volumes.

Any suggestions?

Αυτω η δοξα,



8 thoughts on “Resources on the Psalms”

  1. I would concur with Mike, Coffee is awesome! Oopps, I am preaching on Psalms next term and I will rely mainly on Goldingay and the WBC volumes. The WBC commentaries are fantastically laid out for exegetical study. I suspect the Goldingay volumes are more fro preachers.

  2. Depending on the approach you want to take, that will dictate what volumes to look at.

    Personally, for the more recent, cutting edge stuff on the overarching metanarrative of the Psalter, I would recommend the following:

    *Gerald Wilson, The Editing of the Hebrew Psalter (incredible volume that absolutely revolutionized Psalms scholarship, and no, I’m not overstating that).
    *Nancy deClaisse-Walford, Reading from the Beginning or her Introduction to the Psalms
    *W.H. Bellinger, Jr., The Psalms: Reading and Studying the Book of Praises (a very nice, slim introduction; I am helping him with the revised second edition at present)
    *Jerome Creach, The Destiny of the Righteous in the Psalms (which I will be reviewing on my blog in the coming weeks).
    *Bellinger, Burnett, and Tucker, Diachronic and Synchronic (this is a 2007 volume with a compilation of essays by renowned Psalms scholars such as Walter Brueggemann, Ron Clements, Carleen Mandolfo, etc. and gives a great snapshot of the current state of Psalms scholarship).

    Those are just a few off the top of my head. If you need others or have questions, let me know. Hope this is helpful.

  3. Mark: I am thinking of adding Goldingay to the mix. The WBC volumes I have found somewhat helpful, but it seems that they are a little brief.

    John: Thanks for the suggestions. I was hoping some more detailed works would be suggested. Speaking as a pastor, though, it’s easy to get bogged down in the details. Sunday always gets here before it should!

  4. Jason, if you want detailed works off that list, then read Creach, deClaisse-Walford, and without a doubt, unequivocally, Wilson. Those volumes are hardly cookie-cutter (not that the others are, but those three have a high level of technicality and careful nuance to the argument). And Bellinger, Burnett, and Tucker’s Diachronic and Synchronic I would rank second after Wilson; with these essays focusing on detailed diachronic, synchronic, and dialogic readings of the Psalms, they are again hardly ‘easy.’

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