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Constructing and Deconstructing Power in Psalms 107-150
Tucker Jr., W. Dennis

Atlanta: Society of Biblical Literature, 2014 pp. xii + 227. $28.95

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Description: In this latest entry in the Ancient Israel and Its Literature series, W. Dennis Tucker, Jr. examines the role of Persian imperial ideology in the creation of psalms in Book V of the Psalter and in the shaping of the book of Psalms as a whole. Although much research has been conducted on the relationship between Persian empire and the creation of biblical texts, the book of Psalms has been largely absent from this discussion. Tucker seeks to rectify this omission by illustrating that Book constructed a subtle anti-imperial ideology in response to the threats imposed from all empires both past and present.

Subjects: Bible, Hebrew Bible/Old Testament, Writings, Ancient Near East, Greco-Roman Literature, Literature, Methods, Historical Approaches, History, Social-Scientific Approaches, Sociology, Psalms, History of Interpretation

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Review by Erhard S. Gerstenberger
Published 8/10/2015
Citation: Erhard S. Gerstenberger, review of W. Dennis Tucker Jr., Constructing and Deconstructing Power in Psalms 107-150, Review of Biblical Literature [http://www.bookreviews.org] (2015).


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