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The Psalms through Three Thousand Years: Prayerbook of a Cloud of Witnesses

The Psalms through Three Thousand Years: Prayerbook of a Cloud of Witnesses

Until now, no book has conveniently combined treatment of the origins of the Psalms with attention to their Jewish and Christian use through history. William L. Holladay offers an illuminating and informative overview of the Psalms—chanted, sung, and recited by so great a cloud of witnesses (Hebrews 12:1) through the past three thousand years.

The broad scope and usefulness of the book are indicated by its major parts:
  • The Psalms Take Shape—A Reconstruction
  • The Psalter through History
  • Current Theological Issues
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  • Publisher Fortress Press
  • Format Paperback
  • ISBN 9780800630140
  • Age/Grade Range Adult
  • Dimensions 6 x 9
  • Pages 412
  • Publication Date August 27, 1996


"In a serious work studded with human interest stories, Professor Holladay shows how the Psalms can be pitched to a modern key without losing the freshness of the first song...Read this work and you will make the Psalter your own prayer book."
— Frederick W. Danker

"I know of no other work that tells the story of the use of the Psalms in both Judaism and Christianity in such a fascinating and readable manner. Preacher and teacher will find here illustrative material drawing from sources ranging from the Farmer's Almanac to the sermons of Henry Ward Beecher and the writings of contemporary feminists. Holladay sparks ideas for letting the Psalms be heard in a fresh way, in all their glory and with all their grittiness."
— James Limburg