Most worshipers take the psalms for granted, treating them like background music that establishes a mood but has little grip on the imagination. Yes, the 23rd Psalm is brought in for comfort at funerals, and folks would miss the “green pastures” and “still waters” were they not invoked.
Job (Smyth & Helwys Bible Commentary)
Samuel L. Balentine
Resurrection and the Restoration of Israel: The Ultimate Victory of the God of Life
Jon D. Levenson
Mandate to Difference: An Invitation to the Contemporary Church
The Natural History of the Bible: An Environmental Exploration of the Hebrew Scriptures
Sex in the Bible: A New Consideration
J. Harold Ellens
Psalms, Vol.1: Psalms 1-41 (Baker Commentary on the Old Testament Wisdom and Psalms)
Encountering Ancient Voices: A Guide to Reading the Old Testament
Corrine L. Carvalho
Engaging the Bible in a Gendered World: An Introduction to Feminist Biblical Interpretation in Honor of Katherine Doob Sakenfeld
I was at a class reunion with several former classmates when one of them, a professor of philosophy, asked an unusual question: “What fears have you conquered over the years and what new ones have you acquired?” Not eager to make our private fears public, each of us waited for someone else to open up the discourse. One person finally listed some familiar fears, including “mice,” “being left out or abandoned” and “the dark.”
"She must be wrong about saying you can get angry at God. That goes against everything I’ve been taught about God. That would suggest that God has done something wrong.” A layperson was responding to Ellen Davis’s provocative new book Getting Involved with God: Rediscovering the Old Testament.
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