Rollins, W. G. (1999). Soul and Psyche: The Bible in Psychological Perspective. Minneapolis: Augsburg Fortress.
Rollins’ book is the definitive survey of the field of psychological biblical criticism to date. It is a comprehensive examination of the past, present and future of the field, and contains an extensive bibliography. Rollins makes several significant contributions to the discipline. He provides a retrospective to the extensive, but often unknown body of psychological work. He challenges exegesis to broaden its perspective to take seriously the psychological dynamics in biblical texts. He offers a framework of categories and dimensions which serve to organize and give a context to psychological criticism. Finally, he offers a way to connect biblical studies to a wider audience through recognition of psychological categories and dynamics in the text. This volume is essential for anyone wanting to understand the field of psychological biblical criticism.
This book was featured in a session of the Psychology and Biblical Studies Section at the Annual Meeting in Boston in November 1999.