Christians know the Psalms, sing the Psalms, and pray the Psalms more than any other book of the Bible. Yet, even as believers have grown more devoted to individual psalms, they have lost the big picture—the single sense that unites all the psalms as one coherent book.
Michael Barber is at the forefront of an emerging movement in biblical theology. With Singing in the Reign, he is recovering the story that was the common heritage of Jews and Christians in the ancient world. Barber shows how King David serves as an example for the chosen people as they struggled in exile. As David was rescued by the Lord, so would Israel be restored as a kingdom for all ages.
This is the story of Christ as well, whom Barber reveals as the “new David.” And, in Christ, it is the story of every Christian. The Psalms brings us—in our reading and in our prayer—from suffering and pleading to glory, triumph, and praise.
Barber’s analysis follows upon an extensive introduction by Scott Hahn, detailing the historical, cultural, and theological background of the Psalter.
Perfect for students, pastors, and laypeople alike, the Logos edition of this volume is fully searchable and easily accessible. Scripture passages link directly to your English translations and to the original-language texts, and important theological concepts link to dictionaries, encyclopedias, and a wealth of resources in your digital library.
What you’re about to read in Michael Barber’s books is not only good, but it’s new—it’s new to all of us. Moreover, it’s important. . . . This book will prove most profitable for your interior life.
—Scott Hahn, founder and director, Saint Paul Center for Biblical Theology
Michael Barber holds a bachelor’s degree in theology and philosophy from Azusa Pacific University in Southern California, and a master’s degree in theology from Franciscan University of Steubenville in Ohio. He completed his PhD in theology at Fuller. Barber is professor of theology, scripture and Catholic thought at John Paul the Great University. In addition, he teaches classes for the Diocesan Institute of San Diego, where he helps to form the future deacons and religious educators of the Diocese. Barber is also the coauthor of Catholic for a Reason III: Scripture and the Mystery of the Mass.