A Journey of Two Psalms: The Reception of Psalms 1 and 2 in by Susan Gillingham

By Susan Gillingham

For two-and-a-half millennia those psalms were commented on, translated, painted, set to track, hired in worship, and tailored in literature, usually getting used disputatiously through Jews and Christians alike. Psalm 1 is ready the legislation; on the middle of Psalm 2 is the Anointed One ('Messiah'), and jointly they function a Prologue to the remainder of the Psalter. they've got often been learn as one composite poem, with the Temple as one of many motifs uniting
them. So 3 themes—Jewish and Christian disputes, the interrelationship of those psalms, and the Temple—are interwoven all through this reception historical past research. the adventure starts off in historic Judaism, strikes directly to early Christianity, then to rabbinic and medieval Judaism, and so that you can Christian
commentators from the early center a long time to the Reformation. the adventure pauses to examine 4 vital modes of reception—liturgical use, visible exegesis, musical interpretation, and imitation in English literature. Thirty-eight color plates and diverse musical and poetic examples carry the paintings to lifestyles. the adventure maintains by way of the debates approximately those psalms that have occupied students because the Enlightenment, and ends with a bankruptcy which surveys their reception history
in the sunshine of the 3 key themes.

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