Tag Archives: Psalms of Asaph

Carr-survivors guilt and traumatic chosenness

I was going to post yesterday but didn’t because my DSL went out for a while.   Today is Veterans Day in America and Armistice Day in Europe, so this post is more appropriate for today anyway. One factor in some … Continue reading

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Carr-Hosea and trauma

David M. Carr, in Holy Resilience: The Bible’s Traumatic Origins begins his discussion of trauma and the Hebrew Bible with Hosea.  The traumatic Assyrian conquest of the Northern Kingdom is the context.  He describes how Assyrian texts and pictures show … Continue reading

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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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