Introduction to Psalms: The Genres of the Religious Lyric of Israel

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Mercer University Press, 1998 - Religion - 388 pages
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Hermann Gunkel's commentary on Psalms (Die Psalmen, HKAT) -- considered by many to be his magnum opus -- was published in 1926. But he was unable to complete his final work on the Psalms. The severe suffering of the final months of his life forced him to hand over his incomplete manuscript, at Christmastime 1931, to his pupil Joachim Begrich. Gunkel died on 11 March 1932. Begrich put the final touches on the organization of Gunkel's last work on Psalms, and it was published in 1933 as Einleitung in die Psalmen: die Gattungen der religiosen Lyrik Israels.

As with much of Gunkel's other work, the influence over these 65 years of Einleitung in die Psalmen on the study of the Pslams, Hebrew poetry, and, indeed, the whole realm of Old Testament literature, lyric, and cult, as already noted, "can scarcely be overestimated". Yet this genuinely seminal work has remained untranslated until now.

So, coincident with its 65th year, Einleitung in die Psalmen is embarking upon a new and vital career of influence in this English-language edition. A worthy addition to the shelves of the Mercer Library of Biblical Studies, it will be welcomed by every serious student of the Psalms and of the life and worship of ancient Israel and her progeny.

 

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Contents

1 The Genres of the Psalms
1
2 Hymns
22
I The Linguistic Form
23
II The Manner of Performance
41
III The ReIigion of the Hymns
47
IV The ReIationship of Hymns to Other Genres
57
V The InternaI History of the Hymns
61
3 Songs about yhwhs Enthronement
66
9 Prophetic Elements in the Psalms
251
II The Forms of the EschatoIogical Contents
263
III Eschatologys Penetration of the Psalms
266
IV Eschatological Psalms in ReIation to the EschatoIogy of the Prophetic Books
275
V Other Prophetic Genres in the PsaIms
277
VI The Situation of the Prophetic Psalms
282
VII The PureIy InteIIectuaI Influence of the Prophets on the Psalms
287
VIII The Time of the Prophetic Psalms
290

II The CuItic Situation and History of the Enthronement Songs
69
4 Communal Complaint Songs
82
5 Royal Psalms
99
6 Individual Complaint Songs
121
7 Individual Thanksgiving Songs
199
8 Smaller Genres
222
II The Pilgrimage Song
235
III The Victory Song
237
IV The Thanksgiving Song of Israel
240
V Legends
247
VI The Torah
249
10 Wisdom Poetry in the Psalms1
293
11 Mixtures Antiphonal Poems and Liturgies
306
II Antiphonal Poetry
310
III Liturgies
313
12 The History of Psalmody
319
13 The Collection of Psalms
333
14 The Superscriptions of the Psalms
349
Index of Scripture References
353
Other Scriptures
371
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Hermann Gunkel (18621932) taught at several German universities and is widely recognized as a father of the form-critical and history-of-religions methods in biblical criticism. His influential works include commentaries on Genesis, Psalms, and 1 Peter.

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