Foster's monograph offers an engaging, thoughtful meditation on God's presence in the psalms and is a welcome addition to the literature on the psalms, one that makes a needed contribution to our understanding of the many ways in which the psalmists understood God.
This book is indeed an introduction to the theology of the book of Psalms. Foster’s careful examination of the individual psalms and their understandings of God lays a solid foundation for future work that will draw some of his observations together in more constructive ways. For those working within faith contexts, his concluding suggestions for teaching the Psalter’s ethics provide a helpful springboard for pedagogical innovation. Foster’s hope that his observations will ‘invite further exploration of the Book of Psalms around these ideas" will likely be realized (p. 177).
The Book of Psalms has always attracted a lot of attention from both scholarly and general audiences. This book is an interesting example of a work that successfully reaches both audiences. Although it is written from the perspective of a believing Christian, it is informed by contemporary Psalms scholarship. At the same time it is accessible to anyone who is biblically literate. The book’s focus is on the images of God found in the Psalter. It is not a commentary but an exercise in biblical theology that examines each of the Psalter’s five books. Its approach is a welcome change from that of a standard commentary.