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Brueggemann’s Praying the Psalms: New Revised Version Released


Decatur, GA.—Walter Brueggemann, Old Testament professor emeritus at Columbia Theological Seminary, is the author of Praying the Psalms: Engaging Scripture and the Life of the Spirit released by Cascade Books. In this thoroughly revised edition of a classic in spirituality, Brueggemann guides the reader into a thoughtful and moving encounter with the Psalms. This new edition includes a revised text, new notes, and new bibliography. Brueggemann says that he found it necessary to update the book because his own thinking on the Psalms had evolved significantly since its publication in 1982. He adds that study of the Psalms in general has advanced and that our own historical/cultural context of reading them has changed. Brueggemann continues, “The general movement of these developments is that the Psalms are more urgent because our human condition is more at risk and under threat. As a result both the praise and the complaint of the Psalms have become more serious, and prayer that is honest and dialogical becomes more urgent.” Patrick D. Miller, who previously taught Old Testament theology at Union-PSCE and Princeton Theological Seminary, says of the book, “Few persons have lived in and with the Psalms as Walter Brueggemann has. Here he takes us into their depths, which are so clearly the depths of our human existence. The piety of the Psalms is strong medicine. Brueggemann bids us take it for the cure of our souls.” Praying the Psalms is available through the seminary bookstore, or 404-687-4550. Columbia Theological Seminary, located in Decatur, Georgia, was established in 1828 and is one of 10 theological institutions of the Presbyterian Church (USA). 

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