Sing Unto God a New Song: A Contemporary Reading of the Psalms

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Indiana University Press, 1995 - Religion - 279 pages
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"... [a] brilliant study... a valuable addition to the literature on the Psalms." --Indiana University Jewish Studies Program

"A superbly interesting book on the Psalms. Levine understands the relationship between literary and religious questions and uses an impressive array of tools to get at them. His sophisticated methods of reading are presented in clear and often elegant writing."--Arthur Green, Brandeis University

"... offers some remarkable new angles on familiar material. Literary and religious insights are not often woven together so closely as they are here." --Theological Book Review

"The arrival of Herbert Levine's Sing Unto God a New Song came as both a surprise and a pleasure. It is full of absorbing insights.... This is a rich book which is concerned with not only the theory but also the practice of reading the same psalms in several different ways." --Church Times

"This reading of the Psalms, from the twin perspectives of poetry and ritual, is quite an achievement: it is deeply Jewish and religious while, at the same time, profoundly scholarly." --Journal for the Study of the Old Testament

Drawing on a variety of critical perspectives, Herbert Levine offers revelatory readings of one of the most familiar and best loved books of the Bible.

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Contents

Toward a Contemporary
1
The Perspective of Ritual
32
The Perspective of Dialogue
79
Copyright

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About the author (1995)

Herbert J. Levine received his Ph.D. in English from Princeton University. He taught for 15 years in the Department of English at Franklin and Marshall College and also taught Bible at the Reconstructionist Rabbinical College. He is the author of Yeats's Daimonic Renewal, another work that addresses the intersecting concerns of spirituality and poetics.

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