Shelf Life Book Review: The Psalter Reclaimed

Elliot Ritzema

The Psalter Reclaimed: Praying and Praising with the Psalms
Crossway, 2013


This volume comprises eight lectures on the Psalms given by Old Testament scholar Gordon Wenham. Some chapters are of practical interest for Christian worship, such as “What Are We Doing Singing the Psalms?” and “Praying the Psalms.” Other chapters delve into more in-depth studies, such as “The Nations in the Psalms” or “Reading the Psalms Canonically.”

Wenham’s interest throughout is in “reclaiming” the Psalter. Although he does not explicitly explain this intention, it is clear that thesis of the book is that the Psalms are an integral part of the canon and should not be overlooked. Each psalm is meant to be studied, prayed, and sung within the context of the Psalter and the Bible as a whole—even the sometimes worrisome imprecatory psalms that express hatred for enemies, which are treated in a separate chapter.

The Psalter Reclaimed is an informative, if not comprehensive, overview of the Psalter, and should be of interest both to a popular and an academic audience.

Article courtesy of Bible Study Magazine published by Faithlife Corporation. Originally published in print, Vol. 5 No. 6