Jewish and Christian Approaches to the Psalms. Conflict and Convergence

Editor: Susan Gillingham
ISBN: 978 0 19 969954 4
Date: 2013
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Publisher: OUP

This fascinating volume comprises revised versions of twenty papers, by an international array of distinguished scholars, read at a conference held in September 2010 at Worcester College, Oxford, where Susan Gillingham, the editor, teaches. The first of the three Parts, Jewish and Christian Responses to the Psalms, has the format of a paper from one tradition followed by a response from the other. In this section of the book, convergence and complementarity are particularly in evidence. Thus the first two contributors, Peter W.Flint and the late Geza Vermes, are at one in arguing that the evidence of the Qumran Scrolls makes untenable any talk of the ?original? text (Urtext) of the Psalms. Susan Gillingham and Jonathan Magonet, who both write about Ps 137, agree that Jews have tended to take this Psalm as a whole, giving it a physical and political emphasis and seeing it as addressing the situation of the Jewish people as a whole.

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