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By Susan Gillingham

For two-and-a-half millennia those psalms were commented on, translated, painted, set to tune, hired in worship, and tailored in literature, frequently getting used disputatiously via 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 in an effort to Christian commentators from the early heart a while 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 colour plates and various musical and poetic examples carry the paintings to existence. the adventure keeps by means of taking a look at the debates approximately those psalms that have occupied students because the Enlightenment, and ends with a bankruptcy which surveys their reception heritage within the mild of the 3 key issues.

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However, while the key focus in Psalm 1 is the importance of the Torah, in Jeremiah 17 there is no explicit interest in the Torah at all. Setting the two passages alongside each other in the NRSV translations, the differences in style and structure should be clear: Jer. 5–8 Ps. 1–4 5 Thus says the LORD: Cursed are those who trust in mere mortals and make mere flesh their strength, whose hearts turn away from the LORD. 6 They shall be like a shrub in the desert, and shall not see when relief comes.

1 has also a polemical intention, which is to separate the righteous of the community from the faithless. In this verse, as in the whole psalm, there is a marked dualism––the two ways, and the two fates (those of the righteous and the wicked). This dualism is a common feature in some of the other community works, for example expressed most clearly in the Community Rule (1QS) and the Hodayot (1QH). 26 This is not only in the many references to the righteous and the wicked, but, more explicitly, in its concerns with the rites of entrance to the ‘council’ (often expressed as LAR$Y RWBX TCEB), which may be contrasted with Ps.

10). This is the House which [He will build for them in the] last days, as it is written in the book of Moses, In the sanctuary which Thy hands have established, O Lord, the Lord shall reign for ever and ever (Exod. xv, 17–18). This is the House into which [the unclean shall] never [enter, nor the uncircumcised], nor 20 We noted this Moses/David typology earlier in Chapter 1 ‘Comparison with Psalms 19a and 19b’: 4. Reading Psalm 2 alongside Psalm 1 but with a more specifically royal (‘Messianic’) focus is the practice of ‘Temple-less’ communities, for example at Qumran.

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