Saturday, October 08, 2016

Willgren, The Formation of the 'Book' of Psalms


The Formation of the 'Book' of Psalms
Reconsidering the Transmission and Canonization of Psalmody in Light of Material Culture and the Poetics of Anthologies

[Die Entstehung des ‚Buchs‘ der Psalmen. Überlegungen zur Überlieferung und Kanonisierung der Psalmodie im Lichte der Sachkultur und der Poetik der Anthologien.]
2016. XVII, 491 pages.
Forschungen zum Alten Testament 2. Reihe 88
99,00 €
sewn paper
ISBN 978-3-16-154787-4

Published in English.
In this study, David Willgren attempts to provide answers to two fundamental questions in relation to the formation of the ‘Book' of Psalms: “how?” and “why?”. The first relates to the diachronic growth of the collection (how are these processes to be reconstructed, and on what grounds?), while the second relates to questions of purpose (to what end are psalms being juxtaposed in a collection?).
By conceptualizing the ‘Book' of Psalms as an anthology, and by inquiring into its poetics by means of paratextuality, David Willgren provides a fresh reconstruction of the formation of the ‘Book' of Psalms and concludes, in contrast to the canonical approach, that it does not primarily provide a literary context for individual psalms. Rather, it preserves a dynamic selection of psalms that is best seen not as a book of psalms, but as a canon of psalms.