At long last – Psalms for a modern reader. A New Psalm is today’s definitive work on the psalms, providing stirring commentary to lead the reader to an understanding of the Book of Psalms as literature. In this carefully designed volume, enchanced by the striking illustrations of artist David Sharir, each psalm is its own unit, allowing for consecutive or selected reading.
A New Psalm is unique in that it brings a combination of classical and modern interpretations to the Book of Psalms, along with a deep appreciation for the skills of the poets and an acknowledgment of their own struggles and strivings. Identifying the literary techniques used by the psalmist, Benjamin Segal unlocks the meaning of the psalms to the reader through an integrated appreciation of form and content, creating an exciting dialogue with the text and beyond – the ultimate aim of all good poetry.
In the words of the author: “In this commentary, one discovers not poets who were pietists, but rather people, born of a society whose worldview and actions were often in conflict with the dictates of the single God who is both moral and just. It is the form and literary finesse of this poetry that allows one to discover not only the praise, but also the doubts, anger and angst. I invite the modern reader to discover in A New Psalm these gifted individuals who lived with the same questions and doubts that we have today.”
About the Author:
Rabbi Benjamin J. Segal, author and lecturer, is past president of the Schechter Institute of Jewish Studies in Jerusalem and of Melitz, the Center for Jewish and Zionist Education. He has also published The Song of Songs: A Woman in Love. Rabbi Segal was ordained at the Jewish Theological Seminary of America in 1969 and served as a pulpit rabbi in Palo Alto, California. He moved to Israel in 1973 and lives in Jerusalem with his wife Judy. The Segal’s have five children and fifteen grandchildren.