A deep study of the Psalms.
Deep Calls to Deep demonstrates a new and generative way of reading the Bible, which looks for differences among texts to engage in dialogue over critical issues that are not only biblical but also are relevant to our contemporary crises. Bill Brown explores uncharted territory in the Bible with a particular focus on the Psalms, the most diverse book of the Bible. By taking his cue from Martin Luther, Brown explores how the “little bible” (the Psalter) engages the larger Hebrew Bible in dialogue, specifically how the Psalms counter, complement, reconstrue, and transform biblical traditions and themes across the Hebrew canon, from creation and law to justice and wisdom.
In this deep study of the Psalms, Brown asks What is humanity’s place and role in creation? What makes for a credible leader? What is “law and order”? What is the role of wisdom in the life of faith? What is the shape of justice in a society polarized by power and fear? These and other questions, such as a chapter that offers a fresh look at the authority of Scripture, are hosted by the Psalms with the aim of prompting dialogue, the kind of dialogue that is most needed in a time of deep division and disruption.
Deep Calls to Deep can be used as the primary text for a class on the Psalms (at any level from a small group to a seminary class) and as a secondary text in a general Old Testament or Hebrew Bible introductory course, since it covers all major parts of the OT through the lens of the Psalms. It also is an ideal text for an intermediate course that is needed after any introduction to the Old Testament.
The book of Psalms is the most diverse book of the Bible. Its dialogue comes from the deepest depths of the soul. Whether a joyful song or a distraught lament, every emotion is expressed in the purest sense. Sometimes it’s difficult to relate the message of the Psalms to the rest of the Hebrew Bible. In Deep Calls to Deep, author William P. Brown examines how the Psalms counter, complement, and transform biblical tradition and themes. From creation and law to justice and wisdom, Brown shows us that these critical issues are not only biblical; they are relevant to the crises of today, helping us to see how these discoveries relate to us personally in our day-to-day walk with God.