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Psalms Through the Centuries: 1 (Blackwell Bible Commentaries) (Wiley Blackwell Bible Commentaries) Paperback – 10 Apr 2012

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Sue Gillingham is Reader in Old Testament at the University of Oxford and Fellow and Tutor in Theology at Worcester College. She is the author of several books on the Psalms and is particularly interested in literary and theological analyses of the Psalter as a whole and the Jewish and Christian reception history of individual psalms.
She has also published a book on the art and architecture of Worcester College Chapel under the title Encountering Burges.
In 2013 two books were published. The first (Jewish and Christian Approaches to the Psalms: Conflict and Convergence) is an edited work of papers given by a team of international psalms scholars at a conference on the same topic at Worcester College in September 2010. The second (A Journey of Two Psalms. The Reception of Psalms 1-2 in Jewish and Christian Tradition) traces the reception history of these two psalms from their early origins up to the present day, not only through the comentary tradition but through their liturgical use, visual exegesis, musical interpretation, and imitation in English literature.
She is at present working on a second volume of Psalms Through the Centuri(the first was published with Wiley Blackwell in 2008, pbk 2012)which examines the reception history, more briefly, of all the psalms in the Psalter.

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“Dr Gillingham has already published widely on the Psalms, and we look forward to her second volume.”  ( Journal of Theological Studies , 1 October 2013) “A most impressive piece of work ...The coverage is truly encyclopaedic in scope and nothing seems to have escaped Gillingham’s attention.” — Journal for the Study of the Old Testament “Gillingham meticulously masters the diverse reception history of the psalms ... Every page is bursting with solid research and influential insight. An invaluable addition to the field.” — Religious Studies Review “This wonderful book whets the appetite both for its second volume, and for more volumes of this valuable series … [A] highly innovative and promising project.” — International Review of Biblical Studies


“ This book is a breakthrough in our understanding of the reception history of the Psalter. It will appeal to scholars and students of the Psalms and also to everyone who uses and prays them. The scope is extraordinarily wide and covers both Jewish and Christian use of the Psalms over nearly three thousand years.” — John Barton, University of Oxford “As liturgical and devotional texts the Psalms occupy a unique place in Jewish and Christian tradition. In this impressively wide ranging study, Sue Gillingham explores how over the centuries the Psalms have inspired, been prayed, analyzed, interpreted and spoken with an extraordinary resonance to many kinds of human need. Musicians, liturgists and students of literature as well as theologians, clergy and Christian and Jewish teachers, will find fresh perspectives and new insights in this magisterial survey. We await with anticipation the second volume in which against this background the interpretation of individual psalms will be considered.” — The Rt Revd Dr Geoffrey Rowell, Diocese of Europe

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