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Functions of Psalms and Prayers in the Late Second Temple Period
Pajunen, Mika S. and Jeremy Penner, editors

Berlin: De Gruyter, 2018 pp. ix + 506. $149.99

Series Information
Beihefte zur Zeitschrift für die alttestamentliche Wissenschaft, 486

Description: When thinking about psalms and prayers in the Second Temple period, the Masoretic Psalter and its reception is often given priority because of modern academic or theological interests. This emphasis tends to skew our understanding of the corpus we call psalms and prayers and often dampens or mutes the lived context within which these texts were composed and used. This volume is comprised of a collection of articles that explore the diverse settings in which psalms and prayers were used and circulated in the late Second Temple period. The book includes essays by experts in the Hebrew bible, the Dead Sea scrolls, Apocrypha and Pseudepigrapha, and the New Testament, in which a wide variety of topics, approaches, and methods both old and new are utilized to explore the many functions of psalms and prayers in the late Second Temple period. Included in this volume are essays examining how psalms were read as prophecy, as history, as liturgy, and as literature. A variety methodologies are employed, and include the use of cognitive sciences and poetics, linguistic theory, psychology, redaction criticism, and literary theory. Contributors include Ingunn Aadland, Joseph Angel, Adele Berlin, Marc Zvi Brettler, George J Brooke, Kipp Davis, Angela Kim Harkins, Jesper Høgenhaven, Else K. Holt, Jutta Jokiranta, Årstein Justness, Anja Klein, Corinna Körting, Marko Marttila, Carol Newsom, Mika S. Pajunen, Marika Pulkkinen, Eileen Schuller, Rodney A. Werline, and David Willgren.

Subjects: Bible, Hebrew Bible/Old Testament, Writings, Literature, Methods, Historical Approaches, History, History of Judaism, Literary Approaches, Dead Sea Scrolls, Psalms, Reception History, New Testament Use of Old Testament

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Review by Aubrey E. Buster
Published 10/24/2019
Citation: Aubrey E. Buster, review of Mika S. Pajunen and Jeremy Penner, eds., Functions of Psalms and Prayers in the Late Second Temple Period, Review of Biblical Literature [] (2019).

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