In Reading Psalms, Jerome Creach attends to the literary and theological features of each psalm. He pays particular attention to the way individual psalms participate within the Psalter to communicate the claim of God’s sovereign rule and the call for human beings to seek refuge in God’s life-giving Presence. True to the series Reading the Old Testament, this volume aims to enhance an informed reading of the Psalms as Christian Scripture.
With judicious care and great reverence, Jerome Creach treats the Psalms as the lifeblood of Christian faith and practice. Reading Psalms, moreover, encapsulates the best of his scholarship, developed over a near-lifetime of research and teaching. As Martin Luther regarded the Psalms as the “enchiridion” of the Bible, so Jerome’s compact commentary offers a faithful enchiridion of the Psalms.
—William P. Brown
William Marcellus McPheeters Professor of Old Testament
Columbia Theological Seminary
A highly respected and internationally known Psalms scholar, Jerome Creach has been reading, studying, teaching, and writing about the Psalms for the past thirty years. This excellent commentary represents the fruit of this labor. Creach’s work is consistently thorough, well-informed, insightful, clear, and accessible; it is informed by the latest scholarly research, and it regularly highlights the use of the Psalms in both the Jewish and Christian traditions. Creach’s commentary will be a standard source for me and my work on the Psalms; and I highly recommend it to other scholars, as well as to pastors, rabbis, seminary students, and lay readers.
—J. Clinton McCann, Jr.
Evangelical Professor of Biblical Interpretation
Eden Theological Seminary
Long a leading interpreter of the Psalms—and one of our more gifted theological interpreters—Jerome Creach offers here a lean but learned commentary on the Psalms. His concise-yet-rich treatment is simultaneously both literary and theological, with attention paid, where appropriate, to the shape of the Psalter, on the one hand, and to Christian reception of the Psalms, on the other. Like other volumes in the successful Reading the Old Testament Series, the result may well be the best “first touch” commentary on the Psalms presently available.
—Brent A. Strawn
Professor of Old Testament and Professor of Law
Jerome Creach’s introduction and commentary is packed with succinct information on the impact of the book of Psalms in both its ancient and modern settings. This is a fascinating literary and theological guide, full of clear and thoughtful insights: anyone in the church, academy and seminary will gain a better understanding of the Psalter through reading it.
Professor Emeritus of the Hebrew Bible
University of Oxford