Nov 14, 2012

Hossfeld and Zenger: Psalms 3: A Commentary on Psalms 101-150

Hossfeld, Frank-Lothar, and Erich Zenger.
Psalms 3: A Commentary on Psalms 101-150. Translated by Linda M. Maloney. Hermeneia, ed. Klaus Baltzer. Minneapolis, MN: Fortress, 2011.

If one is looking for a technical commentary written from a critical perspective on the Psalms then you would be hard pressed to find a better choice than the trilogy in the Hermeneia series by Hossfeld and Zenger. Two of the volumes in this series have been published (51–100 [2005] and 101–150 [2011]).

I was reminded recently of the comprehensive nature of this resource when I was doing some work on Psalm 110. The discussion on this psalm in the third volume was quite good. The discussion of the Hebrew text was thorough and helpful. Zenger is very thorough in his analysis. He deals with the various scholarly positions, the dating of the psalm, and other issues. There are a number of interesting drawings from the ancient Near East sprinkled throughout the commentary and a few related to Psalm 110. After the commentary proper, Zenger deals with the context, reception, and significance of Psalm 110. One might not agree with every conclusion reached, but this commentary leaves few stones unturned.

Thanks to Fortress press for sending this review copy.

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