A Journey of Two Psalms: The Reception of Psalms 1 and 2 in Jewish and Christian Tradition

Hardcover | January 12, 2014

bySusan Gillingham

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For two-and-a-half millennia these two psalms have been commented on, translated, painted, set to music, employed in worship, and adapted in literature, often being used disputatiously by Jews and Christians alike. Psalm 1 is about the Law; at the heart of Psalm 2 is the Anointed One('Messiah'), and together they serve as a Prologue to the rest of the Psalter. They have frequently been read as one composite poem, with the Temple as one of the motifs uniting them. So three themes - Jewish and Christian disputes, the interrelationship of these psalms, and the Temple - areinterwoven throughout this reception history analysis. The journey starts in ancient Judaism, moves on to early Christianity, then to rabbinic and medieval Judaism, and so to Christian commentators from the early Middle Ages to the Reformation. The journey pauses to look at four important modes of reception - liturgical use, visual exegesis, musicalinterpretation, and imitation in English literature. Thirty-eight colour plates and numerous musical and poetic examples bring the work to life. The journey continues by looking at the debates about these psalms which have occupied scholars since the Enlightenment, and ends with a chapter whichsurveys their reception history in the light of the three key themes.

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For two-and-a-half millennia these two psalms have been commented on, translated, painted, set to music, employed in worship, and adapted in literature, often being used disputatiously by Jews and Christians alike. Psalm 1 is about the Law; at the heart of Psalm 2 is the Anointed One('Messiah'), and together they serve as a Prologue ...

Sue Gillingham has lived and worked in Oxford for over thirty years. She is Fellow and Tutor in Theology at Worcester College, and Reader in Old Testament in the University of Oxford. She is a Licensed Lay Minister attached to Worcester Chapel and St Barnabas Church, Jericho. She has written several books on using and interpreting th...

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:336 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 0.98 inPublished:January 12, 2014Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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Table of Contents

1. Preparing for the Journey2. Ancient Judaism3. Early Christianity4. Rabbinic and Medieval Judaism5. From the Early Middle Ages to the Reformation6. The Liturgy7. Visual Exegesis8. Musical Interpretations9. English Literature10. Modern DebatesConclusion