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ISBN: 9781783688654
Imprint: Langham Global Library
Format: Paperback
Dimensions (mm): 229 x 152 x 19
Publication Date: 14/04/2016
Pages: 362
Series: Asia Bible Commentary Series
Language: English

Psalms 1–72

A Pastoral and Contextual Commentary


The Asia Bible Commentary Series empowers Christian believers in Asia to read the Bible from within their respective contexts. Holistic in its approach to the text, each exposition of the biblical books combines exegesis and application. e ultimate goal is to strengthen the Body of Christ in Asia by providing pastoral and contextual exposition of every book of the Bible.

This commentary on Psalms 1-72 provides an exposition that the reader can engage with in their own community of faith in the Asian cultural context. Along with a commentary on each Psalm, Dr. Federico Villanueva provides cultural reflections on a wide variety of relevant topics that include the likes of lament, praise, creation, meditation, depression and natural phenomena. This commentary is an excellent resource for pastors, lay leaders and Bible students but will also be useful and relevant for any Christian committed to applying the Bible in their respective contexts.

Author Bios

Federico G. Villanueva

FEDERICO G. VILLANUEVA, PhD, serves as the Regional Commissioning Editor for Langham Publishing and Scholar Care Coordinator of current Asian Langham scholars. He is author of several books, including The Uncertainty of a Hearing: A Study of the Sudden Change of Mood in the Psalms of Lament and It’s OK to be Not OK: Preaching the Lament Psalms. He teaches part-time at the Asia Graduate School of Theology and Loyola School of Theology in Manila.


This is a marvellous commentary. It is based on the best recent study of the Psalms, but is very readable, practical, and heart-warming. Those praying or preaching on the Psalms will find it a most helpful resource.

Dr Gordon Wenham
Tutor in Old Testament Trinity College, Bristol

Table of Contents

  1. Commentary
    1. Series Preface
    2. Acknowledgements
    3. List of Abbreviations
    4. Introduction
    5. Commentary on Pslams 1-72
    6. Bibliography
  2. Topics
    1. Royal Psalms and the Asian Context
    2. Split-level Christianity and the Psalms
    3. What is Lament?
    4. Thanksgiving and Lament
    5. Depression and the Lament Psalms
    6. Creation and Meditation
    7. Lament as Pagtatampo sa Diyos (Hurt Feelings against God)
    8. Entrance Liturgy and the Katipunan Oath
    9. Natural Phenomena
    10. Confession and the Filipino Concept of Sin
    11. Praise and Worship in the Psalms
    12. Communal Lament and the Church Today
    13. The Significance of the Superscriptions
    14. The Imprecatory Psalms as Pagsusumbong sa Diyos (Telling God about the Wrong Done to Us)
    15. Joy and Sorrows and the Hebrew Word rinnah
    16. Finding Rest in the Lord

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