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date: 18 October 2019

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A “Christian theology of the Psalms” refers to the contextual interpretation of how God is portrayed in the Psalter and how that portrayal contributes to Christian understandings of God, Christian spiritual practices, and Christian ethics. Such a theology assumes that there is continuity between the God portrayed in the Psalms and Jesus of Nazareth, the God recognized by the church. A Christian theology of the Psalms can neither be fully definitive nor final, simply because of the sheer diversity of the Psalter, the longest and perhaps most complex book in the Bible. This article explores the Christian theology of the Psalms and discusses three approaches to the theology of the Psalms: historical-reconstruction approaches, canonical-narrative approaches, and key-concept approaches. It considers the theological claim that the Psalms views the Lord as a God of loving faithfulness. It analyzes the loving faithfulness of God and the genres of the Psalms, along with other major theological issues and categories of the Psalter such as Zion theology, theodicy, salvation, the kingship of the Lord, and the Psalms as Torah.

Keywords: Christian theology, Psalms, God, Psalter, loving faithfulness, genres, Zion theology, theodicy, salvation, kingship

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