Praying the Language of Enmity in the Psalter
A Study of Psalms 110, 119, 129, 137, 139, and 149
Imprint: Wipf and Stock
"This excellent study helpfully focuses our attention on a long-neglected theme in the book of Psalms, by way of careful examination of both well-known and less well-known texts. Pushing beyond standard form-critical categories, Persaud presents these psalms to the reader as important resources for the Church in its ongoing struggle in prayer with recalcitrant moral evil."
--Iain Provan, Marshall Sheppard Professor of Biblical Studies, Regent College
"It is often not easy for us to call someone an enemy, even to ourselves. Didn't Jesus ask us to 'love our enemies?' So how might we understand prayers which are meant to be useful to us and yet which speak about enemies? Dr. Aran Persaud gives detailed attention to a careful selection of Psalms which use 'enemy' language, and provides some insightful conclusions. Well worth a read."
--Kathleen Rochester, Senior Lecturer, Northwest University, RSA; Adjunct Faculty, SAIACS, India, STS Malaysia, LBC Latvia; Author of Prophetic Ministry in Jeremiah and Ezekiel and Israel's Lament
"Aran Persaud studies the problematic topic of the enemies in the Psalms and the question of whether Christians can sing (or pray) these psalms. He investigates the psalms as canonical, normative prayer in order to move towards developing a theology of God's just dealing with people, and his people in particular. This is a very important contribution to the study of these problematic Psalms."
--Herrie van Rooy, Professor Emeritus, Faculty of Theology, North-West University, Potchefstroom, South Africa