Category Archives: Psalms

Goldingay on Psalms and Other Commentary Updates

I’ve added a few new commentaries in the Wisdom & Psalms section of my OT Commentary Survey. One commentary that I want to single out among the updates is John Goldingay’s superb volume on Psalms 1-41: Goldingay, John. Psalms, Volume … Continue reading

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Form Critical Approaches to the Psalms Post Gunkel

There have been many modifications and refinements of the form critical method since Gunkel (for a summary of Gunkel’s approach to the Psalms, see my previous post A Form-Critical Classification of the Psalms according to Hermann Gunkel). Many problems still … Continue reading

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The Septuagint Psalm Superscriptions (Part 2) Personal Names and Notions of Authorship (Best of Codex)

[Originally posted 3rd July 2005] There are a total of 37 places where the LXX Psalter has either additions (13x) or expansions (24x) to the superscripts in comparison to the MT Psalter. While these may be classified in a number … Continue reading

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Laments, Complaints, Prayers, Pleas, or Petitions?

In response to my post on The Costly Loss of Lament for the Church, Tim Bulkeley over at SansBlogue rightfully noted that I have tended to continue employ the designation “laments” when referring to what Gunkel called Klagepsalmen. Tim prefers … Continue reading

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The Costly Loss of Lament for the Church

I have been working on this post for a week. Actually, I haven’t really been working on it for a week; this post has been sitting as a draft in WordPress as I have been avoiding it in light of … Continue reading

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Thanksgiving Psalms for Thanksgiving

Happy Thanksgiving Day! Yes, up here in Canada, we celebrate Thanksgiving Day this weekend (technically tomorrow). So I have already had some turkey with my in-laws and tomorrow we go to my brother’s house. I’ve been teaching a Psalms class … Continue reading

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Textual Criticism In Action (TCHB 9)

In this post I will demonstrate the practice of textual criticism with two examples, Joshua 1:1 and Psalm 73:7, which highlight the practice of external and internal textual criticism, respectively. This is the ninth post in a series on the … Continue reading

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Irish Bog Psalter Follow-Up

I can’t recall if anyone followed up on the medieval book of Psalms discovered in Ireland last month (Jim Davila surely did!), but the specific location of where it was found has been revealed (somewhat old news I realize). According … Continue reading

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Medieval Psalms Codex Clarification

There has been a clarification in connection to the Psalm book discovered in the Irish bog. Initial news reports said that the book was open to Psalm 83, which in most modern English translations is a prayer to wipe out … Continue reading

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Bog of Psalms

[See my clarification on this story here] This story caught my eye last night: It looks like a medieval book of Psalms was discovered by a backhoe worker in Ireland. The 20-page vellum Latin manuscript has been dated to the … Continue reading

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