By Anneli Aejmelaeus, Ludwig Schmidt
Anneli Aejmelaeus" research (pp. 1-117) specializes in the prayer component of the person criticism psalms. ranging from the Gunkel-Begrich research of style, she concentrates at the central prayer and its particular capabilities in those psalms. the writer reveals a inventory repertory for the psalm culture, inclusive of many stereotyped expressions and using traditional language. This traditional language of prayers, she thinks, helps Robert Culley’s argument that psalms have been initially composed orally.
Ludwig Schmidt's monograph at the Joseph tale (pp. 121-295) is perhaps doomed to oblivion via its placement because the moment paintings during this quantity, and that destiny isn't really altogether undeserved. it really is one other technical workout in German biblical scholarship that seeks to assemble within the culture of serious paintings at the Pentateuch and the Joseph tale. even if this can be obvious as development from the point of view of redaction feedback and culture background, it definitely deals little within the means of literary feedback or perception. One wonders why a modern exegete might hire the adjective “literary” for a research similar to this. the reply needs to lie within the quite insulated and remoted personality and atmosphere of a lot of German scholarship.
There is a global of German exegetical studying to be present in this examine, however it is a really restricted global. Schmidt dissects the Joseph tale with a ancient knife. the ensuing research isn't really “literary” since it doesn't specialise in language and tale as historic realities of their personal correct. it isn't deconstructive since it cuts up the textual content as a way to reassemble a putative ancient entity. it really is easily extra of the standard factor.
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One of the individual complaints mentioned above, Ps 26, not only pleads for justice, but assures the innocence of the supplicant by further petitions for a trial by Yahweh: »try me«, »test me«. Similar petitions occur in no other psalm except Ps 139. 106 According to Kraus 1978, 196, it is possible to hear in Ps 7 »die Gebetsformel eines Königs nachklingen«. g. Mowinckel 1962, II 134; Becker 1975, 88-89). Ν. B. that also I Kings 8:44-45 connects Yahweh's judgement with battle; see Gamper 1966, 230.
Parallels to the present group of petitions in the psalms are found elsewhere in the O T as follows. 68 In Deut 33:7 Moses' blessing to Judah begins: mW' blp ΓΠΠ' y » r - »Hear, Ο Yahweh, the voice of Judah«. Jer 18:19 contains one of Jeremiah's personal petitions: ππ'&ρπ 65 In Ps 139:24 n m is more or less equivalent to Π3Π, i. e. is most likely an interjection. " Gunkel-Begrich 1933, 218-219. Several other frequently occurring prayer imperatives were included by Gunkel in the category of the »initial plea«.
On the other hand, n a i l »be exalted« seems to have an entirely different context and function: it expresses no petition, but is obviously to be understood as praise (cf. Ps 18:47, 99:2, 113:4, 138:6). 8 7 In n n y »wake up« and the related imperatives we are probably dealing with petitions which have a quite different, possibly Canaanitic, origin. 88 Three psalms, Ps 7,35, and (44), however, combine them with n a i p in the context of Yahweh's intervention. The same connotations occur with n y ' D i n , which is used in two congregational psalms to call forth Yahweh's glorious appearance in the judgement and destruction of enemies.