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By Klaus Seybold

A brand new basic creation to the Psalms. Seybold publications the reader during the most crucial points of the background and literary kind of the Psalm texts and the foremost questions of severe scholarship, and discusses all major writers at the subject.

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Cf. 29,2jff. 3 Inferred from ^ Chr. ^$. (kly Du>yd 'David's instruments'), and from the root meanings of pg' 'to strike' and ngn (Piel) 'to pluck strings', 'to make music'. 4 The Biblical tradition associates seventy-three Psalms with David. 'nQPs*. 36 THE ORIGINS OF THE PSALMS However, it is by no means established that the formula leDawid was originally intended as an indication of authorship, even if in the course of the development of the Psalter it came to be understood as such. g. ) seems to have less to do with authorship than with ownership, the property of the singers' guild of that name.

It is unlikely that the scroll is to be identified or 40 THE ORIGINS OF THE PSALMS connected with the 'Law of God' (torah). This 'Law' is probably concerned with the orderly conduct of sacrifices at the sanctuary, perhaps as it has been preserved in the priestly writings in Leviticus. The psalmist knows this Law back to front. He wants to meet its demands at all costs. And yet he chooses the alternative - unlike the psalmist of 66,13-15 - and instead of animals for the burnt offering he brings a scroll written about himself, in order to proclaim salvation7 in the assembly: sermon instead of sacrifice, psalm of praise in place of cultic animal offering.

Column VI contains six lines beginning with Aleph, column VII starts with two Beth-lines followed by eight Gime/-lines and two Daleth-lines. i)* (cf. 5). 44 THE ORIGINS OF THE PSALMS objective train of thought, and at least to hint at a progression in content from one verse to the next. In general, such lexically arranged sequences of verses seem to make more sense as anthologies and reference collections of proverbs than as the living language of prayer and preaching. Thus, for example, Ps. 119 consists of 176 variations on one and the same theme, namely 'the Word of God'.

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