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By Moshe Greenberg

The Psalms are the simplest recognized and most generally used prayer texts of the Bible. however the prayers of the Israelite took one other shape: the prose prayers that we discover embedded in biblical narrative. Prose prayer used to be spoken via folks of all ranks. female and male, Israelite and foreigner, all loved equivalent entry to God. The pervasiveness and spontaneity of this prayer, self sufficient because it was once of the constitution and taboos of formal worship, grew to become it right into a criterion for sincerity either in kinfolk with God and in these between human beings.Greenberg unearths during this wealthy lifetime of inner most prayer a environment for the excessive spiritual ideas--and the scathing critique of worship--that characterised the "genius" of the prophets of the 8th and 9th centuries B.C. His compact and masterful examine, initially the 1981-1982 Taubman Lectures at Berkeley, indicates an evidence for the remarkable democratization of worship in post-biblical Judaism.

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Put bluntly: of man it can be said, baruk X leYHWH, "Blessed be X before YHWH"; but when we say baruk YHWH, ["before" whom] is YHWH blessed?  2:20 [Aramaic]).  Such a procedure accords perfectly with the personal conception of God in the Scriptures; the only analogy available for intercourse with him was the human­personal.  To be sure, we must reckon with literary shaping of speech in both cases; but having made such allowance, the simplicity and manifest functionality of the patterns of speech and prayer encourage belief that in the embedded prayers we have as faithful a correspondence as we might wish to the form and practice of everyday, nonprofessional, extemporized verbal worship in ancient Israel.

24:27): baruk­formula: Blessed be YHWH, (epithet:) God of my lord Abraham, ground: who has not relinquished his constancy and his fidelity toward my lord: (detail:) as I was on the way, YHWH led me to the house of my lord's kin.  Scriptural characters experience any fortunate turn of events, any unexpected good, any successful issue of a momentous undertaking as a benevolent action of God on their affairs, and their regular, grateful response is by benediction.  It is a testimony to the author's perception of the happy event as a gift of God, a testimony gratefully offered in public for the greater glory of God.

24:27): baruk­formula: Blessed be YHWH, (epithet:) God of my lord Abraham, ground: who has not relinquished his constancy and his fidelity toward my lord: (detail:) as I was on the way, YHWH led me to the house of my lord's kin.  Scriptural characters experience any fortunate turn of events, any unexpected good, any successful issue of a momentous undertaking as a benevolent action of God on their affairs, and their regular, grateful response is by benediction.  It is a testimony to the author's perception of the happy event as a gift of God, a testimony gratefully offered in public for the greater glory of God.

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