Jewish and Christian Approaches to the Psalms: Conflict and Convergence

Paperback | January 16, 2016

EditorSusan Gillingham

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The Psalms have resulted in controversies between Jews and Christians over the centuries and it is only from the mid twentieth century onwards that the two traditions have worked side by side in the academy at least. This is one of the very few volumes on the psalms to incorporate scholarshipfrom both these traditions for nearly a century, and the result is a rich celebration of these extraordinary ancient songs. This innovative essay collection draws together internationally renowned Jewish and Christian scholars of the Psalms, with one tradition responding to the other, in areas as diverse as Qumran studies, Medieval Jewish interpretation, Reception History, Liturgical Psalters and Chagall's Church Windowsand more recent Literary Studies of the Psalter as a Book. The range of topics chosen will be of interest not only to those specializing in the Psalms but also to others interested more generally in biblical studies. Several musical and artistic representations of selected psalms are also includedand the book includes a colour plate section which illustrates several of the chapters.

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The Psalms have resulted in controversies between Jews and Christians over the centuries and it is only from the mid twentieth century onwards that the two traditions have worked side by side in the academy at least. This is one of the very few volumes on the psalms to incorporate scholarshipfrom both these traditions for nearly a cent...

Susan Gillingham is Fellow and Tutor in Theology, Worcester College, Oxford and a Reader in Old Testament, Oxford University.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:304 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 0.68 inPublished:January 16, 2016Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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Susan Gillingham: IntroductionI: Jewish and Christian Approaches to the Psalms1. Peter Flint: The Dead Sea Psalms Scrolls. Psalms Manuscripts, Editions, and the Oxford Hebrew Bible2. Geza Vermes: Reflections on the Canon and the Text of the Bible in response to Peter Flint3. Adele Berlin: Medieval Answers to Modern Questions. Medieval Jewish Interpreters of Psalms4. Corinna Korting: Medieval Psalms Exegesis as a Challenge to Modern Exegesis: A Response to Adele Berlin5. Susan Gillingham: The Reception of Psalm 137 in Jewish and Christian Traditions6. Jonathan Magonet: Psalm 137 - Unlikely Liturgy or Partisan Poem? A Response to Sue Gillingham7. Elizabeth Solopova: The Liturgical Psalter in Medieval Europe8. Aaron Rosen: True Lights: Seeing the Psalms through Chagall's Church Windows9. David C. Mitchell: How Can We Sing the Lord's Song? Deciphering the Masoretic Cantillation10. John Sawyer: The Psalms in Judaism and Christianity. A Reception History PerspectiveII: Reading the Psalter11. Bill Bellinger, Jr.: The Psalter as Theodicy Writ Large12. Dirk Human: The Psalter and Theodicy. Perspectives Related to a Rhetorical Approach.13. Klaus Seybold: The Psalter as a Book14. David Howard, Jr.: The Proto-mt Psalter, the King, and Psalms 1 and 2. A response to Klaus Seybold.15. Nancy deClaisse Walford: On Translating the Poetry of the Psalms16. Philip Johnston: Traduttore Traditore, Beowulf and the Psalms. A Response to Nancy Declaisse Walford.III: Past Contexts and Future Perspectives17. John Day: Psalm 104 and Akhenaten's Hymn to the Sun18. Erhard Gerstenberger: The Psalms and Sumerian Hymns19. Frank-Lothar Hossfeld and Till Magnus Steiner: Problems and Prospects in Psalter Studies20. John Barton: Postscript

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"This is indeed a helpful and stimulating examination of a number of themes in contemporary study of the Psalter." --David G. Firth, The Journal of Theological Studies 11/2013