This past semester at Calvary Chapel Bible College York I taught through the Psalms for the first time. I read broader and studied deeper than ever before. It felt as though every waking moment I was thinking of the Psalms in some way, and yet I have only just scratched the surface. Here are the most useful resources I came across.
Here is the outline of the two posts:
Books and Dissertations
Psalms 1-72 and Psalms 73-150 by Derek Kidner
An amazingly concise and insightful set of commentaries. These are great for any reader.
Psalms by Willem VanGemeren (Revised Expositor’s Bible Commentary)
Another classic. Goes more in depth than Kidner but still very readable.
The Flow of the Psalter by O. Palmer Robertson
A fresh and comprehensive presentation of the Psalter’s structure. This is an excellent introduction to the idea of an intentional structure in the Psalter. Expect a review soon.
Psalter Reclaimed By Gordon Wenham
A series of insightful essays, particularly the chapter on the canonical reading of the Psalms.
The Unseen Realm by Michael S. Heiser
Heiser is unafraid of the supernatural, and this is a great resource for this often overlooked area. Once you start seeing connections, they show up everywhere. For example, he supported my (super smart) wife’s idea that the Bulls of Bashan in Psalm 22 may be demonic beings. Again, expect a review soon.
Return of the King: Messianic Expectation in Book V of the Psalter by Michael K. Snearly
A clearly and persuasively argued presentation for the structure of Book V and its implications for the Messianic hope in the Psalter. I thoroughly enjoyed this so – guess what? – expect a review soon!
The Vine and the Son of Man: Eschatological Interpretation of Psalm 80 in Early Judaism by Andrew Streett
Street exegetes Psalm 80, examines its placement in the Psalter, its reception in Judaism, and then its influence in the New Testament. A wonderful example of the fruitfulness of deep study (my review).
Davidic Hope in Book IV of the Psalter (Psalms 90-106) by David Gundersen (PDF)
I check SBTS’s dissertations index once in a while, and this was a pleasant and timely surprise. I read his treatment of Psalm 89 to great benefit, and managed to squeeze in the rest before teaching Book IV. It was beautifully written and persuasively argued that Book IV does not give up hope for the Davidic king (contra many Psalms scholars).
The Literary Context Of The Fourth Davidic Grouping In The Psalter (Psalms 138-145) by Dwight C. Singer
Singer very carefully and methodically traces connections between each of the Psalms in David’s final collection (Ps 138-145). He argues that these Psalms ultimately speak of a coming king, in light of their placement in the Psalter. I only read portions as this work is massive (as are other WTS dissertations I’ve seen).
Any recommendations are welcome! Check back next week for the second post.