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By Harry P. Nasuti

At a time while the focal point of Psalms examine has more and more shifted from the form-critical issues of Hermann Gunkel and his fans, Defining the Sacred Songs argues for the continuing significance of style as an interpretative type within the post-critical period. Drawing on insights from the Psalms' lengthy interpretative culture, Nasuti is ready to deliver a clean viewpoint at the function that the style definition of those texts performs in either modern scholarship and the lifetime of the groups that use them. the result's a greater appreciation of the abnormal strength of the Psalms and a brand new knowing of the character of style research in glossy religious study.

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By its examination of the most basic aspects of genre definition, the present work hopes to make a contribution to the extremely vital discussion on the psalms that is taking place at the present time. Clearly, much more remains to be done, especially in terms of any serious retrieval of the past as a context for present interpretation. It is, however, hoped that this work will serve as an invitation to join that 'wide and glorious company' of past interpreters in an ongoing conversation about this most treasured of biblical books.

Such a usage, of course, conforms to the Pauline usage in Romans, something which will be seen to be of some importance below. It is perhaps significant in this respect that Augustine makes a distinction between orge and thymos, as well as their Latin equivalents, in his comments on Ps. 8. (Compare his comments on Ps. ) Unfortunately, Augustine abbreviates his linguistic remarks here in favor of his dominant Christological interpretation of the psalm. Ps. 9, on the other hand, does have the distinctive term orge.

Gunkel, Psalmen, p. 135. 9. See, for example, his comment on Ps. 6 in Psalmen, p. 21: 'Man wird den Psalm demnach nicht unter die "Busspsalmen"—die anderen von der Kirche gezahlten sind \|/ 32. 38. 51. 102. 130. 143—rechnen konnen (Budde)'. Similarly, see his comments on Psalm 143 in Psalmen, p. 602: 'Zu den "Busspsalmen", unter die das Gedicht von der alten Kirche gerechnet worden ist, gehort es also nicht'. 10. Mowinckel, Psalms, p. 214 n. 47. 11. Mowinckel, Psalms, p. 214 n. 47. Mowinckel's comment that the work of Bernini, is 'more theological and doctrinal than literary' has some importance for the issues discussed in this essay.

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