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Psalms (Interpretation Bible Commentaries) (Interpretation: A Bible Commentary for Teaching and Preaching) Hardcover – 1 Apr 1994


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James Luther Mays is Cyrus M. McCormick Professor Emeritus of Hebrew and Old Testament Interpretation at Union Theological Seminary in Richmond, Virginia. He was the general editor of the best-selling Interpretation: A Bible Commentary for Teaching and Preaching series, and is author of many books, including Psalms in the Interpretation series and The Lord Reigns: A Theological Handbook to the Psalms.

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Well Written, Excellent Value, Conservative Scholarship 22 Feb. 2009
By M. McManus - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
A good commentary is one that gets used.

I have owned this commentary for a few years and after having read several dozen commentaries on the Psalms, I still find Mays consistently trust worthy and useful. Evangelical, Catholic and Orthodox readers should find this commentary palatable and without disappointment.

It is much easier to navigate than say the Word Biblical Commentaries, particularly due to both its brevity and minimized use of academic language. The individual who lacks familiarity with Biblical languages and academic bibliographies will be assuaged with the reader friendly quality of this series. Formal footnotes are lacking, however the commentator will occasionally reference sources within the text.

This is not an academic volume; it is for lay teachers and preachers as indicated on the back cover. If a person is serious about scholarship in the Psalms there is no one single commentary to help you. A good bibliography will then become essential as will access to a theological library.

Nevertheless, Mays is thoughtful and concise about sketching the literary structure, theological points and historical context within the short "essay" style presentations.

The brevity of time spent in each Psalm does not result in shallowness nor bring cause to believe the author had a lack of things to say, but is rather a mark of brilliance in writing and thinking. Subtle marks of scholarship are evident throughout. The author makes frequent reference to Ancient Near Eastern ideas or influences helping create context since most readers will not have this prerequisite knowledge or access to such resources.

Overall I have found Prof Mays exegesis and theological interpretation to be fairly representative of conservative Christians, both modern and patristic.

The construction of this book is sturdy and has withstood several readings and still appears in very good condition. The paper is supple and the print and font is easy to read.

As supplemental reading to any commentary on the Psalms, I also recommend, "Interpreting the Psalms" by Dr Mark Futato. This work may be a bit heavy for a layperson, in which case Dr Futato has other published works that are less academic.
8 of 11 people found the following review helpful
Psalms : Intrepretation 9 May 2008
By valentino lassiter - Published on Amazon.com
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INTREPRETATION Volume on the Psalms is a very well researched and scholastic text. The book explains the nature, theology, and history of the Psalms with clarity. A highly recommended text.
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Interpretation Bible Commentary 28 Feb. 2013
By Michael B. Ferguson - Published on Amazon.com
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I previously owned a copy of this commentary, that I had purchased while in seminary. I gave that copy away when I believed that I was retiring from active ministry. When it turned out that I returned to active parish ministry and would be doing active teaching, I realized that I needed a replacement, so I bought this one, as a "tested and true" product. It has lived up to my expectations and I have used it several times since it arrived.
Highly recommended commentary 30 Dec. 2014
By Uncle Thesis - Published on Amazon.com
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Excellent commentary organized with the teacher in mind. The text is thorough, accessible, and edifying.
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Interesting!!!!!!!!!!!!! 27 May 2014
By I. Winters - Published on Amazon.com
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A very helpful, interesting, amazing, and educational. A book with deep teaching and preaching to help anyone interesting in the clarity of the word of God.
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