Praying the Psalms in Christ
Paperback | 9780268033200 | March 2009
eBook (PDF) | 9780268084769 | March 2009
eBook (EPUB) | 9780268084523 | March 2009
Written centuries before Christ, the Psalms of the Hebrew Bible have been prayed by Christians since the founding of the Church. The early church fathers expounded the psalms in the light of the mystery of Christ, his death and resurrection, and his saving redemption. In this book, a Benedictine monk examines the Christian praying of the Psalms, taking into account modern and contemporary research on the Psalms. Working from the Hebrew text, Fr. Laurence Kriegshauser offers a verse-by-verse commentary on each of the one hundred and fifty psalms, highlighting poetic features such as imagery, rhythm, structure, and vocabulary, as well as theological and spiritual dimensions and the relation of psalms to each other in the smaller collections that make up the whole. The book attempts to integrate modern scholarship on the Psalms with the act of prayer and help Christians pray the psalms with greater understanding of their Christological meaning.
The book contains an introduction, a glossary of terms, an index of topics, a table of English renderings of selected Hebrew words, and an index of biblical citations.
Praying the Psalms in Christ will be welcomed by students of theology and liturgy, by priests, religious, and laypeople who pray the Liturgy of the Hours, and by all Christians who seek to pray the Psalms with greater profit and fervor.
Laurence Kriegshauser, O.S.B., is a Benedictine monk at St. Louis Abbey, St. Louis, Missouri.
“The greatest strength of the book is its detailed cross-referencing. Throughout the commentary Kriegshauser refers to both Testaments, inviting readers into a deeper reflection on the biblical text as a whole. Another positive aspect is his brief introduction to and regular engagement with critical scholarship. Kriegshauser reads the psalms canonically; he keeps an eye on different genres of psalms and on recognizing the shape and shaping of the psalms as/into a book.” —The Catholic Biblical Quarterly