The Notion of God and the Editing of the Hebrew Book of Psalms

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Psalm studies at the end of the twentieth century bear witness of a major paradigm shift. Recent research no longer treats the Book of Psalms as a loosely assembled hymnbook with no overarching organization, but rather as a book that got its present shape through careful editing. In recent years an increasing interest in the arrangement of the Book of Psalms has produced a substantial volume of literature, and there is a remarkable consensus that the purposeful arrangement of psalms within the final collection seems to have given it both a function and a message greater than the sum of its parts.

One of the main strands of research has treated the Book of Psalms at a macro-structural level, paying attention to the large contours and overall theme(s) of the book, and although it is an intricate task, some significant progress has been made. One influential theory is that the Book of Psalms has a final wisdom frame, as well as a royal covenantal frame; discussion concerns how these two relate to each other.

Even though much work has been done in defending either a wisdom theme or a royal/messianic theme, no one has yet attempted to evaluate these themes from a thematic approach. The aim of this study is hence to advance the discussion by looking at images of God conveyed by the psalms at a macro-structural level. Do the conveyed images of God correspond to either frame or does the Book of Psalms describe God differently?


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  • Religionsvetenskap
StatusUnpublished - 2011
Peer review utfördNej
EvenemangOTSEM Annual Conference, 2011 - Copenhagen, Danmark
Varaktighet: 2011 aug 212011 aug 24


KonferensOTSEM Annual Conference, 2011