Psalms 1-72

Tyndale Old Testament Commentaries

Volume 15

by Derek Kidner

Psalms 1-72
paperback
  • Length: 196 pages
  • Dimensions: 5.5 × 8.25 in
  • Published: March 2009
  •  Discontinued
  • ISBN: 978-0-8308-4215-5
  • Item Code: 4215
  • Case Quantity: 36

"The Lord is my shepherd, I shall not want." "Thy word is a lamp to my feet." "Search me, O God, and know my heart!" Such phrases leap to mind each time a Christian lifts his heart to God. For many, in fact, Psalms is the richest part of the Old Testament.

Derek Kidner provides a fresh and penetrating guide to Psalms 1-72. He analyzes each psalm in depth, comments on interpretive questions and lays bare the universal relevance of the texts. In addition he gives special help on the psalmists' cries for vengeance. Together with its companion volume (Psalms 73-150) this introduction and commentary will inspire and deepen personal worship.

The original, unrevised text of this volume has been completely retypeset and printed in a larger, more attractive format with the new cover design for the series.

These commentaries are designed to help the reader of the Bible understand what the text says and what it means. The Introduction to each book gives a concise but thorough treatment of its authorship, date, original setting and purpose. Following a structural Analysis, the Commentary takes the book section by section, drawing out its main themes, and also comments on individual verses and problems of interpretation. Additional Notes provide fuller discussion of particular difficulties. The goal throughout is to explain the true meaning of the Bible and make its message plain.

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Peter Adam, principal, Ridley College, Melbourne, Australia

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D. A. Carson, Trinity Evangelical Divinity School

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Donald A. Hagner, Fuller Theological Seminary
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CONTENTS

General Preface
Chief Abbreviations
Introduction
Hebrew Poetry
The Structure of the Psalter
Some Trends in the Modern Study of the Psalms
The Messianic Hope
Cries for Vengeance
Titles and Technical Terms
Davidic Episodes in the Headings
Commentary on Books I and II
Book I Psalms 1-41
Book II Psalms 42-72

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Derek Kidner (1913–2008) was warden of Tyndale House, Cambridge. He wrote several volumes in the Tyndale Old Testament Commentary series, including those on Genesis, Ezra and Nehemiah, Psalms, and Proverbs.

Kidner's works are full of the marks of both professor and pastor with his even­handed scholarship as well as his devotional insight. These qualities have made his commentaries in the Tyndale Old Testament Commentary series and The Bible Speaks Today series some of the most beloved and popular of recent decades. Kidner had a long career in both the church and the academy in England. He studied at Cambridge University and then served in the ministry for several years before becoming a senior tutor at Oak Hill Theological College. Kidner began his writing career while serving as warden of Tyndale House in Cambridge from 1964 to 1978, publishing his ninth and final book, The Message of Jeremiah, in 1987.

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