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By R. Norman Whybray

This booklet discusses the speculation that the Psalter was once compiled with the explicit purpose that it may be used as a e-book for personal religious analyzing. it truly is argued that if this have been so, the paintings of the ultimate editors do not need been restrained to arranging the psalms in a selected order yet might have incorporated additions and interpolations meant to offer the full publication a brand new orientation. An research of chosen psalms indicates that even though the Psalter could have develop into a ebook for personal devotion now not lengthy after its compilation, there's little facts that it used to be compiled for that purpose.

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See the article Tora' in THAT, II, cols. 1032-1043. 40 Reading the Psalms as a Book Pentateuch. In other words, these psalms reflect the beginning of that intensive study of the law that characterized later Judaism. Some modern commentators have argued for a much wider interpretation of tdrd in Ps. 2. 10 But this opinion is not unanimously held: the view that the reference is exclusively to the laws of the Pentateuch still has its representatives. B. n Several other scholars (notably Schmidt, but also more recently Kraus and Jacquet) have pointed to the significance of parallels with Deuteronomic or Deuteronomistic texts (Josh.

19B 'has not the slightest connection' with Ps. 19A either in form or content), most have recognized that their present combination cannot be accidental and that it calls for an explanation. The explanations offered differ considerably. Briggs suggested that the two originally separate poems may have been combined in order to make the point that 'the glory of Yahweh in the Law transcends His glory in the heavens'—implying theological correction or improvement of what was regarded as an inadequate prior, statement.

R. ), Words and Meanings: Essays Presented to David Winton Thomas (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1968), pp. 117-36. 2. Wisdom and Torah Material 41 wicked and their ways and employs himself in reciting the Law of Moses day and night. It may thus be supposed that this person, who is now about to read the Psalms for his spiritual edification, will interpret them in the spirit of the teaching of the Law. In this sense the notion of 'hermeneutical spectacles' may be right: the pious individual nurtured in the teaching of the Pentateuch will certainly approach the Psalms in a spirit quite different from the spirit in which most of them were composed—a spirit which, it may be observed, is not essentially different from that in which more recent piety has approached them.

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