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Torah as Teacher: The Exemplary Torah Student in Psalm 119
Reynolds, Kent Aaron

Leiden: Brill, 2010 pp. xv + 249. Ä103.00

Series Information
Supplements to Vetus Testamentum, 137

Description: Despite extensive study of the poetic features of Psalm 119, the conceptions it advocates and its contribution to developing Judaism have not been well understood; indeed some scholars have dismissed the psalm as containing little more than wearisome repetition. Reynolds distinguishes between the psalmist and the speaker within the psalm. The psalmist portrays the speaker as an exemplary Torah student and thereby promotes the contemplation of Torah as a facet of ethical instruction. Using this new perspective, Reynolds contributes a fresh and coherent understanding of the ideas in Psalm 119. He explains the function of its length and highlights its emphasis on Torah study that became axiomatic in Rabbinic Judaism.

Subjects: Bible, Hebrew Bible/Old Testament, Writings, Literature, Psalms

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Review by Steven Dunn
Published 4/10/2012
Citation: Steven Dunn, review of Kent Aaron Reynolds, Torah as Teacher: The Exemplary Torah Student in Psalm 119, Review of Biblical Literature [] (2012).

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