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Psalms 113–118

Qualified Praise?

Jeremy Schonfield

Psalms 113–118 appear as a group in the synagogue liturgy, where they are known collectively as ‘Hallel’, usually interpreted as ‘praise’. Some worshippers regard this name as a justification for viewing the psalms as triumphalist and singing

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Shani Tzoref

In my study of the Psalms, I have found a most useful rubric to be Hermann Gunkel's form-critical approach. I would even say that it has served me as a key to deciphering the corpus, helping me discern sense and structure amidst the poetic

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Psalms 90–106

Book Four and the Covenant with David

Susan Gillingham

The whole Psalter could be seen as a second Torah, whose five books are witness to the making, dissolution and renewal of the covenant with David. This article looks at Book Four of that story (Psalms 90–106), where the figure of Moses and the traditions of the Exodus are prominent and create an alternative vision to the covenant with David which is under threat (Psalm 89). These seventeen psalms comprise four collections (90–92, 93–100, 101–103, 104–106). By focusing on later Jewish and Christian reception of each psalm, the article shows how Jewish tradition maintains the earlier emphases on Moses and pre-Davidic traditions, whilst Christian tradition interprets them after the time of David, through the person of Christ. However, the article demonstrates that each tradition also recognizes a universal theology throughout Book Four: God as refuge in 90–92, God's cosmic rule in 93–100, God's mercy in suffering in 101–103, and God as Creator and Redeemer in 104–106.

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The Liturgical Understanding of Psalms in Judaism

Demonstrated with Samples from Psalms 90–106, with a Special Focus on Psalm 92, Mizmor shir leYom haShabbat

Annette M. Boeckler

The usage of a text within liturgy adds new meanings to the text. This article gives an overview of the understandings of Psalm 92 within its Jewish liturgical usages. The understanding is influenced by the general attitude towards psalms in Jewish liturgy, by popular interpretations in the Midrash (Jewish legends), by Kabbalistic views and by its meaning within halakhah (religious law), but also by the music that is commonly attributed to it within the service. The article shows how a text that originally had no relationship with Shabbat became, thanks to its headline, an important study text about the essence of Shabbat.

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The Art of Doubting

A Jewish Perspective

Danny Rich

morning is not a seminar on suffering, but the existence of suffering and an apparent desire for fairness, for wishing God to be fair, has led many of faith to moments of doubt. The Psalms too reflect doubt by persons of faith, not specifically on

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The Psalter as a House of Voices

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

Egbert Ballhorn

One thing God has said, two have I heard —Ps 62:12 Roma Locuta? Reading the Psalms as a Christian: yes. Reading the Psalms in a Christian way: how can that work? Can there even be a specifically Christian way of reading the texts? At

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Learning to Pray by Singing

Gregorian Chants with Texts Based on the Psalms

Stefan Klöckner

in all of present-day Europe would have been possible. In his rule, Benedict stipulates the chanting of certain Psalms in his monasteries’ Office; when these texts are so very present in the liturgy, it is not surprising that chants were also put

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Jonathan Magonet

‘The Chairman’! Bible Week 2016, Psalms 107–118 Every Psalm is a riddle passed down to us from a very different language, culture and civilisation. Each raises its own questions and may need its own unique approach as we try to find answers

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Klara Butting

In this article I want to try two things: (1) to give a small insight into the composition of the Pilgrims’ Songs by discussing the first part of the journey, Psalms 120–122; and (2) to take you with me into my discussion of Psalm 123. Psalms

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'Whatever Is in Parenthesis We Do Not Include in Our Prayers'!?

The Problematic Nature of the 'Enemy Psalms' in Christian Reception

Ursula Silber

Catholic prayer traditions always were very close to the whole book of Psalms. But when Second Vatican Council generated a process of reform within the Church, some thought it not appropriate for modern Christians to say prayers that sometimes resemble curses; so finally it was decided that in the Liturgy of the Hours some verses had to be omitted, or put in parenthesis. This criticism is not new; through the ages there have been various intents to cope with the problem, none of them very satisfactory. So this paper proposes five new tracks to understand the language and imagery of violence in the Psalms: their language is not so much descriptive, but poetic and metaphorical. The violence mentioned in the Psalms simply is part of our reality – and so it has to be part of our prayer. The questions 'who is speaking?' and 'whom are they speaking to?' reveal the perspective of the victims of violence as well as the strict theocentricity of the Psalms. And finally, the intention of these prayers is to limit or end violence, not to multiply it. Three modern 'Psalms' from twentieth and twenty-first century authors show that our modern times, too, need a powerful language to cope spiritually with various experiences of violence.