Interpreting the Psalms: An Exegetical Handbook (Kregel, 2007)


The book of Psalms is perhaps the most frequently used book of the Old Testament. We read the psalms in public worship and private devotion. We sing them, pray them, and contemplate their application to our lives. In the psalms we encounter God, others, and ourselves in life's joys and sorrows, tragedies and triumphs. The psalms capture our imaginations, engage our thoughts, stir our emotions, and move our wills. They also present interpretive challenges. Their poetic form has few if any points of contact with English poetry. Their images come from a world quite different than our own. Their ethics at times seem to go against the grain of the teachings in the New Testament. How to interpret the psalms so as to use them effectively in our own lives and in the lives of others is the focus of this volume.


Joy Comes in the Morning: Psalms for All Seasons (P&R, 2004)


Life is a journey, full of smooth sailing and rocky roads. The Psalms are there for us as we experience all of life. They can clarify our thinking or release emotions from the deep well of the soul. Joy Comes in the Morning helps readers understand how to utilize the Psalms throughout life's journey and introduces readers to the concept of genre. Joy Comes in the Morning is a unique combination of head and heart. It introduces readers to the importance of genre as an interpretive tool and demonstrates this for the three major genres in the Psalms. Joy Comes in the Morning also traces the author's own journey and shows that no matter what life brings, joy always comes in the morning.


Beginning Biblical Hebrew (Eisenbrauns, 2003)


Mark Futato has produced a grammar that, after years of testing in a number of institutions, will please many, with its concise, clear, and well-thought-out presentation of Biblical Hebrew. Because the teaching of biblical languages is in decline in many seminaries and universities, Futato intentionally measures the amount of information presented in each chapter in a way that makes the quantity digestible, without sacrificing information that is important to retain. The book includes exercises that are drawn largely from the Hebrew Bible itself.

Transformed By Praise: The Purpose and Messge of the Psalms (P&R, 2002)


God's people love the Psalms-pray them, sing them, meditate on them. This book will help you understand them more deeply and love them more. Out of the depths of his own suffering and from his extensive study, Mark Futato has found in the Psalms a compelling portrait of Christ himself. The Psalms take us from lament to praise through a life-transforming encounter with their divine Author.

Creation: A Witness to the Wonder of God (P&R, 2000)


When we are gripped by a true vision of God, our lives take on true meaning. This book opens our eyes to God's majestic nature as revealed in his wonderful creation. This book is an easy-to-read, but deeply rooted explanation of how the creation manifests the attributes of our God. Full of insightful explanations of the Scriptures and packed with practical applications, this book will be marvelous for your personal devotions as well as group study...a striking example of how clear teaching from the Bible will bear the fruit of faithful love and service.


Dr. Futato has one book under contract for publication:


  • Psalms: A Theological Commentary (Tyndale House Publishers).

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