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Praying the Psalms: Engaging Scripture and the Life of the Spirit [Paperback]

By Walter Brueggemann (Author)
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Description: In this thoroughly revised edition of a classic in spirituality, Walter Brueggemann guides the reader into a thoughtful and moving encounter with the Psalms. This new edition includes a revised text, new notes, and new bibliography. ""The movement and meeting of God with us is indeed a speech-event in which new humanness is evoked among us. Being attentive to language means cultivating the candid imagination to bring our own experience to the Psalms and permitting it to be disciplined by the speech of the Psalms. And, conversely, it means letting the Psalms address us and having that language reshape our sensitivities and fill our minds with new pictures and images that may redirect our lives."" --from Chapter 3 Endorsements: ""I am so glad to see this second edition of Praying the Psalms. In it Walter Brueggemann reveals the ways in which the Psalms teach the mother tongue of biblical speech by inviting us to the risk of daring candor with God.The contemporary church in North America regularly suffers collective amnesia in the face of the languages of techno-speak, market share and sentimental cliche that shape the world we inhabit. Praying the Psalms offers a surprising antidote to this chronic forgetfulness. It invites us to recover our ancient memory and true identity by learning again to pray the Psalms. I know of no better book for introducing a congregation to the Psalms than this one."" --Edwin Searcy, Pastor, University Hill Congregation, United Church of Canada, Vancouver, BC ""'The Psalms just don't speak to me.' Anyone who has ever felt this way should read Brueggemann's book. . . . He shows how these ancient prayers can lead us from the disorientation of our chaotic lives into a reorientation of transformation. His treatment of both the post-Holocaust Christian use of these very Jewish prayers and the troublesome call for vengeance is most timely. This book shows how the Psalms can indeed speak to us."" --Dianne Bergant, CSA author of Preaching the New Lectionary ."" . . Brueggemann pushesme and other readersto recognize the full gamut of passions reflected in the Psalms: joy and exultation but also disappointment, sorrow, anger, resentment, even the desire for vengeance. . . . I am grateful to Brueggemann for making me more alert to what the Psalmsare saying about our common human relation to Godand more honest about my own feelings as Ipray the Psalms every day as part ofthe Liturgy of the Hours."" --Joseph A. Bracken, SJ coauthor of Self-Emptying Love in a Global Context ""Few persons have so lived in and with the Psalms as Walter Brueggemann. Here he takes us into their depths, which are so clearly the depths of our human existence. The piety of the Psalms is strong medicine. Brueggemann bids us take it for the cure of our souls."" --Patrick D. Miller author of Interpreting the Psalms and They Cried to the Lord About the Contributor(s): Walter Brueggemann is William Marcellus McPheeters Professor of Old Testament Emeritus at Columbia Theological Seminary, Decatur, Georgia. He is the author of numerous works including Theology of the Old Testament, Inscribing the Text, Prophetic Imagination, and David's Truth.

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Studio: Cascade Books
Pages   97
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 8.01" Width: 5.06" Height: 0.27"
Weight:   0.3 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   May 1, 2007
Publisher   Cascade Books
ISBN  1556352832  
ISBN13  9781556352836  

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More About Walter Brueggemann

Walter Brueggemann

Walter Brueggemann is William Marcellus McPheeters Professor of Old Testament Emeritus at Columbia Theological Seminary.

Walter Brueggemann has published or released items in the following series...

  1. Literary Currents in Biblical Interpretation
  2. Old Testament Theology
  3. Shalom Resource
  4. Smyth & Helwys Bible Commentary

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Brueggemann's Typical Division of the Psalms  Jul 25, 2008
Walter Brueggemann, one of the (perhaps "the") OT scholar of our time classifies Psalms into three categories (following other Psalms scholars):

* Psalms of Orientation
* Psalms of Disorientation
* Psalms of Reorientation

This view is part of the cannonical view of the Psalter that takes the arrangement of the Psalter (what is placed in each of the five books of the Psalter) as key to its interpretation.

Highly recommended as a brief introduction to Brueggemann's classification. Other Psalms scholarship is better for a more detailed (scholarly) approach.

Also, you really don't find detailed instructions of the form, "Here is how you pray the Psalms..." If you're looking for that, you might try one of the books by Phyllis Tickle: The Divine HoursTM, Pocket Edition (This is the condensed edition. The three-edition set is the full edition, but this is a good, inexpensive introduction to fixed hour prayer.)
A book that gives deserved life to the Psalms.  Apr 27, 2008
This looks to be a beautiful book. Its subject matter is not psalms unto themselves, but rather an engagement with these magnificent, ancient poems. I likes very much that Brueggemann starts by putting them into the context within which they were first written. They are not the direct word of God but have been written by human beings within their own lives. Further to this, he goes on to present the drama of the psalms and the constructs used by their scribes to express the truths they experienced in their daily lives. I also appreciated very much the discussion on language, as I believe myself that language merits great reflection. All in all, I am delighted with this short but wise book.

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