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Remember, O Yahweh: The Poetry and Context of Psalms 135-137
Todd, James M.

Eugene, OR: Wipf & Stock, 2015 pp. 152. $18.00


Description: One of the major shifts in OT studies over the past half of a century has been the move away from studies dominated by diachronic matters toward more text-immanent, synchronic approaches. In Psalter studies, one can see such a shift on two levels. First, on the level of the individual psalm, there has been a general trend to focus on the literary and linguistic features as the proper means for discerning the meaning of the poem. Second, on the level of the Psalter as a whole, scholars have devoted significant attention to its canonical shape and the role of adjacent psalms in the interpretation of each individual psalm. In Remember, O Yahweh, Todd approaches Psalms 135--137 on both of these levels. After a detailed poetic analysis of each psalm, he proposes that Psalms 135--137 serve as a bridge between the Songs of Ascents (Pss 120--134) and the Last Davidic Psalter (Pss 138--145). As such, this group highlights Yahweh's past acts of deliverance as the basis for the post-exilic community's prayer for Yahweh to remember his people's lowly condition.

Subjects: Bible, Hebrew Bible/Old Testament, Writings, Literature, Methods, Literary Approaches, Theological Approaches, Psalms

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Review by Beat Weber
Published 9/8/2016
Citation: Beat Weber, review of James M. Todd, Remember, O Yahweh: The Poetry and Context of Psalms 135-137, Review of Biblical Literature [http://www.bookreviews.org] (2016).


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