This essay considers the intent of redaction criticism in the book of Psalms, and in particular the first three books of the Psalter. How important is the agenda of the editor of the Psalter and what are the principles that govern the arrangement of the Psalms within the book as a whole? Walton evaluates the contribution of Gerald Wilson.
Many believers use the Psalms as a prayer book. It is also primarily God’s hymn book. From the early church the Psalter has been both the prayer and hymn book of the church. The author indicates this for the apostolic church and the church of the early church fathers. He continues with the Middle Ages and the Reformed tradition.