William Holladay examines the origins of the Psalms as well as their use in Judaism and Christianity throughout history. The result is an informative overview of the Psalms, which have been chanted, sung, and recited through the past three thousand years. The book is broken up into three major parts: The Psalms Take Shape - A Reconstruction; The Psalter through History; and Current Theological Issues. 'In a serious work studded with human interest stories, Professor Holladay shows how the Psalms can be pitched to a modern key without losing the freshness of the first song. . .Read this work and you will make the Psalter your own prayer book.' -Frederick W. Danker. William Holladay is Professor of Old Testament at Andover Newton Theological School, Boston, Massachusetts.