Thursday, January 30, 2014

Book Review: The Case for the Psalms by N.T. Wright

This is a fine, unassuming little book on how to read the Psalms. Wright gives a good overview of the Psalms at hand and provides some higher-level ways to think about these songs, how they are at the crossroads of time and space, for example, that are helpful for guiding the thinking and can be applied to other books as well. Interesting to read this along with James Agee's A Death in the Family, showing that his ambiguous but meaningful take overlaps with some of the darker Psalms. Also, overall, Wright's book pulls off the trick of really being about the Psalms and pointing to them, not being about the author's ideas about the Psalms. A good, accessible (if small) piece of Wright's oeuvre.

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