The Psalter as a House of Voices

Or, On the Possibility of a Christian Reading of the Psalms

in European Judaism
Author:
Egbert Ballhorn TU Dortmund University, Germany

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Abstract

Drawing on the literary concept of heteroglossia (M. Bachtin), this article analyses the ‘voice(s) of speech’ that can be found in the literary form of the Psalter. This analysis shows a complex stacking of voices and levels, dimensions to the texts, that are woven together without depreciating the other levels. Thus, a Christian reading, with the idea of Christ as recitator of the Psalms and object of the Psalms, adds a new dimension of reading to these levels, an addition that, without changing the text or arguing against the original levels of reading, allows Christians to access the different levels and dimensions.

Contributor Notes

Dr Egbert Ballhorn is Professor of Theology and Exegesis of the Old Testament in the Department of Catholic Theology at TU Dortmund University. His research focuses on the theology of the Psalter, the Book of Joshua and the Book of Baruch. He was involved in revising the ‘Einheitsübersetzung’ (Psalter).

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