OK, so I did an intro to the book of Psalms while recording episode #45, and... well, you can probably guess. So here it is in minicast #2! Psalms might have an even more interesting textual history than Torah, but we'll almost certainly never be able to figure it out. What we can do is bear it in mind as we read and interpret the Psalms - both individually, and as an integrated book.

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What do you think of this format? It's something I might consider doing again. I quite like it as a way to publish important background material about some feature of the wider biblical narrative, or on a more general biblical studies subject that might be helpful for reading the texts in the weekly readings.

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Gerstenberger, Erhard S. (1988). Psalms: Part 1, with an Introduction to Cultic Poetry, Forms of the Old Testament Literature series. Grand Rapids, MI: Eerdmans.
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Schaefer, Konrad (2001). Psalms, Berit Olam: Studies in Hebrew Narrative & Poetry. Collegeville, MN: The Liturgical Press.
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A pagan version of Psalm 20, an example of a text that moved around the Ancient Near East. (Kenneth Gilmore on living-faith.org)

Ascribe to Yahweh, the ancient context of Psalm 29. (Nat Ritmeyer on living-faith.org)


Psalm 20, Psalm 29, Psalm 14, Psalm 53, FRMOTLIT19PS1, HRMNEIA19BPS, BOPSALMS