Psalms – New International Commentary on the Old Testament

New International Commentary PsalmsNancy L. deClaissé-Walford, Rolf Jacobson, and Beth Tanner are the co-author of the Psalms volume in the New International Commentary on the Old Testament series.

Significantly, the volume reflects the combined insights of three superior (younger) biblical scholars.

DeClaissé-Walford, Jacobson, and Tanner offer a succinct introduction to the Psalter, a new translation of all the psalms that takes special account of the Dead Sea Scrolls, and individual entries on each psalm unit.

Throughout the book they draw on state-of-the-art research on the canonical shape and shaping of the Psalter and evidence a nuanced attention to the poetic nature of the psalms. [1]

This commentary has been called the most-critical volume in the NICOT series. It has been criticized for referring to the Psalmist as “she.”

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Volume Reviews

Review of Biblical Literature: “Among the most useful single-volume commentaries on this particular compendious book of the Bible. . . . A fine achievement that will provide a welcome resource to those engaged in teaching and studying the Psalms.”

Horizons in Biblical Theology: “A valuable resource for all who have responsibility for interpreting the psalms in preaching or teaching. What’s more, for any who have an interest in the biblical psalms this volume will provide a rich and suggestive guide to greater understanding and devotion.”

Asbury Journal: “A treasure trove of research and study presented in a clear and concise manner. . . . Well written, accessible, and offers the reader an excellent, comprehensive treatment of the Psalter.”

John Goldingay, Fuller Theological Seminary: “How excellent that these three scholars have written this commentary! How admirable that they have managed to cover so much ground and deal with so many detailed points concerning text and language, all within the confines of one volume!”

W. H. Bellinger Jr., Baylor University: “Nancy deClaissé-Walford, Rolf Jacobson, and Beth Tanner have given us all a considerable gift in this fresh reading of the book of Psalms. . . . Their new translation of the psalms and the attached notes as well as attention to recent scholarship provide a treasure trove of insights. Ministers, students, and scholars alike will be warmly repaid by time spent with this volume.”

Patrick D. Miller, Princeton Theological Seminary: “From careful text-critical and philological analysis to thoughtful theological and pastoral reflections, the authors have created a most useful commentary on the Psalms. While valuable to scholars, these interpretations will be especially helpful to pastors in their teaching and preaching ministry. The multiple authorial voices further enhance the interpretive richness of the volume.”

Erhard Gerstenberger, Marburg University: “Excellent. . . . A very valuable exposition of the Psalter for students, teachers, pastors, and all people interested in the biblical psalms.”

J. Clinton McCann Jr., Eden Theological Seminary: “DeClaissé-Walford, Jacobson, and Tanner represent the best and the brightest of a new generation of Psalms scholars. . . . Their creative collaboration has produced a very impressive volume that will certainly be both a scholarly standard and a wonderful resource for leaders in the faith communities that treasure the Psalms as Scripture.”

Word & World: “The commentary will be very helpful to students, scholars, and especially pastors. It contains a trove of valuable insights that bring the Psalms into conversation with the modern reader and with the life and worship of the church.”

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Commentary Series

Someone once said, “The past is another country — they do things differently there.” At times, indeed, the Old Testament resembles another very different country. Maneuvering through levitical laws, bloodshed in Joshua, or Daniel’s apocalyptic visions, sincere readers often wonder what the Old Testament means and how it can be the Word of God. For several decades The New International Commentary on the Old Testament has helped countless people traverse this difficult literary terrain.

This premier commentary series enjoys a worldwide readership of scholars, pastors, priests, rabbis, and serious Bible students. They eagerly consult its high-quality volumes to inform their preaching, teaching, and academic research, and they warmly welcome each newly published volume as they would an encounter with a stimulating new friend. Through the rigorous yet reverent study contained in these commentary volumes, readers hear afresh the voice of the living God speaking his powerful word.

All of the NICOT volumes combine superior scholarship, an evangelical view of Scripture as the Word of God, and concern for the life of faith today. Each volume features an extensive introduction treating the biblical book’s authorship, date, purpose, structure, and theology. The author’s own translation of the original Hebrew and verse-by-verse commentary follow. The commentary itself carefully balances coverage of technical matters with exposition of the biblical text’s theology and implications.

Readers who want to hear God’s voice anew through Scripture will find The New International Commentary on the Old Testament to be a faithful, trustworthy guide for helping them navigate the strange other country we call the Old Testament.

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