Monday, October 29, 2007

Best Resources on the Psalms

Actually, "favorite" is a better word to use than "best" in the subject line.  And, fact is, there are always new and useful commentaries coming out on the Psalms.  But here's my take, circa 29 October 2007.


Spurgeon's The Treasury of David (also available for free via e-Sword)

Augustine's Exposition on the Book of Psalms (the entire book may be downloaded for free from CCEL, the Christian Classic Ethereal Library; be sure to check out their free recommended Christian classics)


Neale's Commentary on the Psalms: A Commentary on the Psalms from Primitive and Medieval Writers; and from the Various Office-books and Hymns of the Roman, Mozarabic, Ambrosian, Gallican, Greek, Coptic, Armenian, and Syrian Rites (Eighth Day Books: Psalms 1-38, 39-80, 81-118, 119-150; by far the best commentary on the Psalms)

Christ in the Psalms (Amazon) by (Orthodox) Fr. Patrick Henry Reardon (Reardon is pastor of All Saints Antiochian Orthodox Church in Chicago and an alumnus of Southern Baptist Theological Seminary and the Pontifical Biblical Institute in Rome; I consider this a modern supplement to Augustine since Augustine takes a similar approach, i.e., by seeing Christ in all the Psalms)

The Message of the Psalms: A Theological Commentary by Walter Brueggemann (Brueggemann is considered by many the greatest Old Testament/Hebrew Bible scholar of the 20th century)

ArtScroll Psalms/Tehillim: A New Translation with a Commentary Anthologized from Talmudic, Midrashic, and Rabbinic Sources (an Orthodox Jewish commentary, the chapter introductions add a foundation to each Psalm that I haven't found elsewhere; free downloads of selected prayers based on the Psalms)

Something I'm looking forward to is the commentary on the Psalms that will be part of The Church's Bible series, my favorite series.  Unfortunately, we may have to wait for a few years for this.  Published: Song of Songs, 1 Corinthians, Isaiah.  Next: Matthew.

BTW, our QIF men's covenant/Bible study group is currently studying and reflecting on the Psalms.  We meet Thursday nights at 7 pm, with an optional dinner beginning at 6 pm.  Please contact me through this e-newsletter or via the blog site if you're interested in additional information.


David Scott Lewis

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