Psalms, NIBC

Written by Craig C. Broyles Reviewed By Philip Johnston

These commentaries follow the now familiar NIBC pattern, already established for Deuteronomy, Kings and many NT books. For the Psalms, Craig Broyles gives a good 40-page introduction to the psalms, covering all the usual topics and wearing his learning lightly. He then bravely tackles each psalm in 2–3 pages, focusing on their original use as liturgy. He usually gives an introduction, sectional comments, and concluding reflections, though sometimes varies the pattern. There is much of value in the limited space available.

Roland Murphy brings his expertise to Proverbs. After a brief introduction to sapiential thought, he comments on chapters 1–9 by sections and on chapters 10–31 mostly verse-by-verse. Hence some verses receive scant comment, though important themes are developed when first encountered. Elizabeth Huwiler gives slightly longer and more satisfying introductions to the other two books, with correspondingly less space for comment. She notes the relevance of Ecclesiastes to our materialist and pluralist age, and more briefly of the Song to current discussion of sexuality. Both volumes are excellent additions to the NIBC series.

Philip Johnston

Wycliffe Hall, Oxford