A Pastoral and Contextual Commentary
This commentary on Psalms 73–150 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 G. Villanueva provides cultural reflections on a wide variety of relevant topics that include, “The Challenge of Lament to Asian Christians” and “Psalm 109 and the Filipino Concept of Pagsusumbong.”
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. The ultimate goal is to strengthen the body of Christ in Asia by providing pastoral and contextual exposition of every book of the Bible.
When we read the Scriptures, we want to know about God’s relationship with us and about our relationship with God, and the book of Psalms focuses on that relationship like no other. There are two reasons why Dr. Villanueva’s commentary will help readers see more of God’s relationship with us and of ours with God. He always keeps in mind the lives we ourselves live and the issues we face. And he has read well in works about the Psalms that have been written over the years. So, he combines thoughtful and well-informed study with the realities of our life and God’s involvement in it.
John Goldingay, DD
Fuller Theological Seminary, California, USA
The Book of Psalms is the prayer book of individuals and communities both in the Old and New Testaments. We not only read and study the psalms, we pray them. As prayer they nourish our relationship with God. In the Scriptures we not only have words that tell us about God, we have a divinely inspired Words that God wants to hear from us. In order that these words, these prayers, touch us to reach out to God, we need to know them. Hence the need for help such as this commentary. It tells us what the psalms meant when it was written, what it means to those who pray them and what they point to especially in our time and context of the pandemic. This commentary is truly helpful to make us understand, appreciate, and ultimately pray the psalms better. This is indeed very helpful.
Broderick Pabillo, DD
Bishop of the Apostolic Vicariate of Taytay
This commentary accessibly combines scholarly learning with pastoral wisdom. Dr. Villanueva shows how the psalms can rightly be read as a living word from God for Christian faith today.
Walter Moberly, PhD
Professor of Theology and Biblical Interpretation,
Durham University, UK
Table of Contents
- Author’s Preface
- Series Preface
- List of Abbreviations
- Commentary on Psalms 73–150
- Selected Bibliography
- The Challenge of Lament to Asian Christians
- A Word for Lament in Filipino
- Remembrance of God’s Faithfulness and Utang na Loob (Debt of Gratitude)
- Psalm 109 and the Filipino Concept of Pagsusumbong
- God’s Deliverance as Kaginhawaan (Well-being)
- Jose Rizal’s Critique of Filipinos’ Practice of Worship
- The Filipino Word for "Mercy" and Psalm 123
- Broadening our Sakop (Scope of our Reach)
- Psalm 133 and the Concept of Kapwa (Fellow Human Beings)
- How can We Praise a God Who Gives the Lands of Others to One Nation?
- God and gods in the Filipino Context