Invitation to the Psalms: A Reader’s Guide for Discovery and Engagement by Rolf A. Jacobson, Professor of Old Testament at Luther Seminary, and Karl N. Jacobson
The Book of Psalms is perhaps the most cherished book in the Old Testament. In this lively volume, two experienced teachers invite students to read and explore the Psalter and roam widely among its poems. The book introduces the dynamics of the biblical text, helping students become careful and attentive readers. It covers how to read Hebrew poetry, the Psalter’s basic genres, the idea of “the psalmist,” the metaphorical world of the Psalms, and the theology of the Psalms. Sidebars, discussion questions, and plenty of examples enhance the reading experience. This clear and concise guide is accessible to all serious students of the Bible.
John Goldingay of Fuller Theological Seminary writes “This is the best kind of introduction to a book of the Bible—informative, engaging, scholarly with a light touch, well calculated to help people read the Bible but not to be a substitute for reading it, and capable of encouraging people to water-ski across the psalms (as the authors themselves put it).”