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Psalms & Proverbs (Cornerstone Biblical Commentary [Hardcover]

By Mark Futato (Author), George M. Schwab (Author) & Philip W. Comfort (Editor)
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The Cornerstone Biblical Commentary series provides students, pastors, and laypeople with up-to-date, accessible evangelical scholarship on the Old and New Testaments. Presenting the message of each passage, as well as an overview of other issues relevant to the text, each volume equips pastors and Christian leaders with exegetical and theological knowledge so they can better understand and apply God's Word. This volume includes the entire NLT text of Psalms and Proverbs. Other features: Provides pastors, teachers, and students with up-to-date evangelical scholarship. Both exegetical and translation commentary. Part of an 18-volume collection. Features New Living Translation Text. Mark D. Futato, Ph.D., The Catholic University of America, is Robert L. Maclellan Professor of Old Testament and academic dean at Reformed Theological Seminary in Florida. He is the author of several books and articles, including Beginning Biblical Hebrew and Interpreting the Psalms: An Exegetical Handbook. He has also contributed to The Spirit of the Reformation Study Bible and The New International Dictionary of Old Testament Theology and Exegesis. Dr. Futato is an ordained minister and served on the translation team for the book of Psalms in the New Living Translation. George M. Schwabb, Sr., Ph.D., Westminster Theological Seminary, is associate professor of Old Testament at Erskine Theological Seminary in South Carolina. He is ordained in the Second Presbytery of the Associate Reformed Presbyterian Church and is a member of the Society of Biblical Literature and the Evangelical Theological Society. He has authored numerous scholarly publications, including Hope in the Midst of a Hostile World: The Gospel According to Daniel. He served as a reviewer for Psalms and the wisdom books for the New Century Version.

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The Cornerstone Biblical Commentary series provides students, pastors, and laypeople with up-to-date, accessible evangelical scholarship on the Old and New Testaments. Presenting the message of each passage, as well as an overview of other issues relevant to the text, each volume equips pastors and Christian leaders with exegetical and theological knowledge so they can better understand and apply God's Word. This volume includes the entire NLT text of Psalms and Proverbs. Other features: Provides pastors, teachers, and students with up-to-date evangelical scholarship. Both exegetical and translation commentary. Part of an 18-volume collection. Features New Living Translation Text. Mark D. Futato, Ph.D., The Catholic University of America, is Robert L. Maclellan Professor of Old Testament and academic dean at Reformed Theological Seminary in Florida. He is the author of several books and articles, including "Beginning Biblical Hebrew" and "Interpreting the Psalms: An Exegetical Handbook." He has also contributed to "The Spirit of the Reformation Study Bible" and "The New International Dictionary of Old Testament Theology and Exegesis." Dr. Futato is an ordained minister and served on the translation team for the book of Psalms in the New Living Translation. George M. Schwabb, Sr., Ph.D., Westminster Theological Seminary, is associate professor of Old Testament at Erskine Theological Seminary in South Carolina. He is ordained in the Second Presbytery of the Associate Reformed Presbyterian Church and is a member of the Society of Biblical Literature and the Evangelical Theological Society. He has authored numerous scholarly publications, including "Hope in the Midst of a Hostile World: The Gospel According to Daniel." He served as a reviewer for Psalms and the wisdom books for the New Century Version.

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Studio: Tyndale House Publishers, Inc.
Pages   669
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 9" Width: 6.4" Height: 1.7"
Weight:   2.25 lbs.
Binding  Hardcover
Release Date   Jun 1, 2009
Publisher   Tyndale House Publishers
Series  Cornerstone Biblical Commentary  
ISBN  0842334335  
ISBN13  9780842334334  
UPC  031809034330  


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Cornerstone Commentary: Psalms and Proverbs  Feb 1, 2010
Tyndale has sent a copy (gratis, gracias Tyndale!) of their recently published volume covering Psalms and Proverbs by Futato and Schwab respectively.

Textually based on the New Living Translation, the commentary offers the usual introductions to the biblical books under discussion and then a detailed, verse by verse and sometimes word by word exegesis of the text.

Futatos introduction to Psalms is really quite nicely done, covering such issues as purpose, authorship, genre, and the rest. As to the books purpose, F. observes The dominant mood of the Psalter is characterized by disorientation, sorrow, and perplexity (p. 4). And then How can Book of Praises be the title [of Psalms] when such psalms of negativity [like 10:1] outnumber hymns of praise? Simply put, praise is the final word even in the vast majority of the psalms of negativity (p. 4). Equally well done is Futatos explanation of the theological concerns of the Psalms, which he sees as five-fold: Yahweh as King; Yahweh as King of History; Yahweh is King and Liturgy; Yahweh as King and Eschatology; and Yahweh as King and Refuge (p. 21).

When Futato makes way to exegeting the text, he is engaging and insightful. He does a genuinely good job of shedding light on both the exegetical and theological intention of the text. This is particularly true of his treatment of Psalm 137, where, on verse 9 he observes Before judging this anger we must admit that it is deeply honest, as deeply honest as the tears that were shed (p. 409). Nevertheless, we must move on past such anger and turn ugly situations into ones that produce beauty.

However, the commentary does have one weakness that must be pointed out in the spirit of honesty and fairness (and this applies to both Psalms and Proverbs) : it makes use of Strongs numbering whenever various Hebrew words are discussed. While I understand the reason for this, it is terribly distracting. Further, persons who read Hebrew wont need Strongs numbers and those who dont read Hebrew cant use Strongs anyway, except to provide themselves with a false sense of familiarity.

Put directly, Strongs just allows people who dont know the biblical languages to pretend as if they do- giving them license to say the Hebrew word underlying this English one is without said sayer ever knowing one letter of the Hebrew alphabet. In short, Strongs allows a certain pretense and disingenuousness in its users: a disingenuousness that students of the Bible should assiduously avoid.

That quibble aside, Schwabs treatment of Proverbs like F.s treatment of Psalms is very good indeed. He opens with a summons to self examination and an invitation to enter the School of Wisdom. And then he launches into the boiling waters of Solomonic authorship while simultaneously supporting the notion of a multilplicity of authors and a tradition of transmission featuring editors and scribes. He delightfully observes, Although one cannot prove his authorship to critics distrustful of this witness, it is patently obvious that Solomon could have produced something like it (p. 454)! And then, on the next page, Scribes likely polished Proverbs well into the Hellenistic era, culminating a tradition that began long before Solomon assumed the ancient task of inscripturating his great wisdom (p. 455)!!

Finally, S. sees Proverbs as a five-fold compilation. Proverbs can be parsed into five anthologies: The Prologue, Proverbs of Solomon, Thirty Sayings of the Wise, Hezekiahs Proverbs of Solomon, and the Epilogue. The Fivefold division of Solomons torah mirrors the fivefold division of the books of Mosess torah and the five books of Psalms (p. 469).

Schwab and Futato are to be commended for their sensitive reading of what can be very difficult texts (because so well known among so many). They are able to avoid being trite or simply offering the same observations that have been made countless times before while remaining connected to the text and its meaning.

If youre looking for a very good, tremendously useful commentary on Proverbs and Psalms from a conservative point of view, this one should be at the top of your list.
 
Great Resource For A Sunday School Teacher  Jul 12, 2009
I wish I had this commentary when I was teaching Psalms last year. While teaching the Psalms, one of the difficulties I had was dealing with unifying themes while exploring each individual Psalm. Before going into the commentary on the text, the book provides a 25-page introduction for Psalms as a whole. This is one of the best book introductions I've read. It talks in detail about the authors of the Psalms, the date and occasion of writing, the audience, the use of the Psalms, the literary style, the major themes, and theological concerns. The majority of the attention is focused on the literary style and the theological concerns and I found both sections especially insightful.

Moving into the main portion of the book, I love the way it is laid out. First, a portion of the text is presented. Next, textual notes are presented. Finally, after the notes is the commentary. The commentary is well-written and informative. It is especially helpful for preaching and teaching, but would also be useful for personal self-study. As a simple test of the commentary, I turned to the familiarity of Psalm 23 and read the notes and commentary on it. There are 2 pages of commentary, focusing of the focus of depending on God (as a shepherd) for daily bread and daily guidance.

The section on Proverbs is just as interesting and as the section on Psalms. Again, this is the kind of commentary that I'm particularly grateful for because I am so much less comfortable with poetry than with other forms of biblical literature.

This is the second volume in the Cornerstone series that I've reviewed, the first being the pastoral epistles. The more familiarity I gain with this series, the more I like it. I highly recommend this series to anyone who teaches the Bible.
 
Must Have!  Jul 2, 2009
I'm thrilled to let you know about the Psalms, Proverbs Commentary by Mark D. Futato and George M. Schwab that I've been using with my daily studies of Psalms. This well written commentary is volume 7 in set of 18 others. It includes the entire NLT text of Psalms and Proverbs as with the other volumes available.

There is a very informative introduction to each book in this commentary. I found it very useful that it mentions the known authors, date and occasion, and audience, among many other important things to take note of. You'll learn quite a bit as this volume presents the message of each passage, as well as an overview of other issues relevant to the text.

I enjoyed delving deeper into the books that I love so dearly. I highly recommend this book to those of you wanting to dig deeper into God's word. This would be a great resource and gift to anyone from Pastors, to people just like you and me.
 
Wonderful Resource!  Jun 28, 2009
I was thrilled to receive this wonderful commentary from Tyndale. I've found it extremely helpful in my daily Proverb readings. I'm planning on purchasing more in this series to help with my understanding of the Bible. Whether you're a Pastor or a layman, this is a wonderful volume to help with your understanding of these two books of the Bible.
 

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