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Psalm 78 and the plagues of Egypt

The Passover/Exodus story in Exodus 7-11 tells of ten plagues that befell Egypt.  But there are shorter, poetic accounts of the plagues in Psalm 78:41 ff. and Psalm 105:27 ff.  Actually, since the word plague has come to mean a … Continue reading

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Cook-the Blessing of Moses

Although given a literary framework by exilic editors, the poem in Deuteronomy 33:6-25 is probably even older than the Song of Moses in the previous chapter.  Stephen L. Cook in Reading Deuteronomy puts this poem, the Blessing of Moses, back … Continue reading

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Sarna-the importance of the guilds

Nahum Sarna in his introduction to On the Book of Psalms put the music guilds of ancient Israel into a new perspective.  Most of our information about them comes from the period after the exile in Babylon.  Some say this … Continue reading

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Stephen L. Cook-on the coattails of Asaph

There is not a separate chapter in Cook’s The Social Roots of Biblical Yahwism about the Psalms of Asaph, but I refers to them throughout as part of the Sinai tradition. I appreciate that he takes a position much like I … Continue reading

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Deuteronomy 32–Divine Lawsuit

The reason I am blogging about the song in Deuteronomy 32 is that doing so seems to make sense as a follow up to my series on the Psalms of Asaph. Deuteronomy 32 has some things in common with the … Continue reading

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The Asaph Songs–History and Faith

Today I am looking back on my whole series on the Psalms of Asaph.  I understand the Asaph Psalms as  originating  in a community of cult prophets in charge of the worship, especially the music, at an alternative sanctuary in … Continue reading

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