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Not what I expected,
This review is from: The Book of Psalms: A Translation with Commentary (Hardcover)
I had expected that this book would help me understand the message of the Psalms however it is more like a dictionary, focussing on the approach to the English/Hebrew translation. It is very much Hebrew focussed with no Christian context which is a huge disappointment for me. A risk I expect of buying on the internet and not getting to view the book. If you are a Jewish academic, this is probably a great resource!
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Initial post: 11 Jul 2014 21:38:00 BDT
The Psalms are a work of Jewish literature. They were written in Hebrew. That is their context, their background. Yes, they are also - in various translations - in every Christian Bible (albeit placed in the "Old Testament"), and Christians have applied their own interpretations to these texts as long as Christianity has existed. But I am sort of disappointed to read that the only sort of person who will take an interest in a study of the Psalms as Hebrew poetry, within their Jewish spiritual context, is a "Jewish academic". I beg to differ. I think quite a range of people other than Jewish academics might benefit from reading Alter's book. Even Christians.
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