Differentiation of Form, Theme, and Changing Functions in Psalms and Prayers

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Pajunen , M S 2019 , ' Differentiation of Form, Theme, and Changing Functions in Psalms and Prayers ' , SJOT : Scandinavian journal of the Old Testament. , vol. 33 , no. 2 , pp. 264-276 . https://doi.org/10.1080/09018328.2019.1686288

Title: Differentiation of Form, Theme, and Changing Functions in Psalms and Prayers
Author: Pajunen, Mika Sakari
Other contributor: University of Helsinki, Faculty of Theology

Date: 2019
Language: eng
Number of pages: 13
Belongs to series: SJOT : Scandinavian journal of the Old Testament.
ISSN: 0901-8328
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1080/09018328.2019.1686288
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10138/309606
Abstract: Form criticism has long been an indispensable part of psalm studies, and some of its main results are still widely accepted. Nevertheless, certain formal categories distinguished by some, such as the existence of genres of royal or wisdom psalms, have been firmly denied by others. Moreover, psalm and prayer material from the late Second Temple period has nearly from the beginning of form-critical studies been acknowledged to resist formal classification into firm categories. With only a small portion of the available material falling neatly into recognized categories, the limits of the current form-critical approach are obvious. This paper considers whether a differentiation between formal and thematic elements and their further distinction from issues related to the changing functions of psalmody could pave the way for methodologically more nuanced models that would be able to cope more flexibly and reliably with the diversity of the material and the changing social settings behind them.
Subject: 614 Theology
psalms
Second Temple Judaism
form criticism
functions of psalms
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