The Shape and Shaping of the Book of Psalms: The Current by Nancy L. deClaissé-Walford

By Nancy L. deClaissé-Walford

A new and cutting edge method to procedure the Psalter that strikes past shape and cult-functional criticism

Drawing idea from Gerald H. Wilson's The modifying of the Hebrew Psalter, this quantity explores questions of the formation of the Psalter from the viewpoint of canonical feedback. notwithstanding referred to as canonical feedback, the examine really employs a few traditionally conventional and nontraditional methods to interpreting the textual content together with shape feedback, ancient feedback of person psalms in addition to of the complete Psalter, and redaction criticism.


  • Exploration of theological viewpoints, sovereignty, and the form and shaping of Psalms
  • Examination of the impression of canonical feedback at the learn of the Psalter
  • Sixteen essays from the e-book of Psalms session team and invited scholars

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J. , Mesopotamian Poetic Language: Sumerian and Akkadian: Proceedings of the Groningen Group for the Study of Mesopotamian Literature, vol. 2 (CM 6, Groningen: STYX, 1996). 8. Gunkel and Begrich, Einleitung; Sigmund Mowinckel, Psalmenstudien (Kristiania: SNVAO, 1921, 1922; repr. ; Nashville: Abingdon, 1962). 30 The Shape and Shaping of the Book of Psalms There is a considerable range of verbal and nominal expressions connoting “praise” in all the ancient oriental languages. Starting with Sumerian, that millenary liturgical language, and moving to Akkadian and Hebrew (a glance at Hittite, Egyptian, and others, would be useful but is left aside at this point), we may marvel at the rich heritage of meaning.

6 Numerous Psalms scholars in recent years have affirmed what they frequently call the “groundbreaking” character of Wilson’s work, usually stating in addition that his work served as the foundation and point of departure for their own. In short, while the field of Psalms studies would have gone in the direction of shape and shaping without Wilson’s volume, The Editing of the Hebrew Psalter certainly provided a major impetus in this direction and expedited the movement considerably. It should be noted in conclusion that a great deal of good scholarly work on the Psalms is being done without any consideration of the shape and shaping of the Psalter.

Especially the primeval forces, overcome by the creator, have to extol the victorious God by clapping their hands (cf. Ps 93:3–4; 98:8; the empowering function of “applause” in contemporary societies comes to mind); thus they possibly lend their strength to him. Human praise in some texts apparently acquires an automatic dynamic when, for instance, the levitical singers defeat the enemies by their hymns alone (2 Chr 20:22) or faithful YHWH-believers are saved by their sacred songs (Dan 3 with lxx additions).

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