Psalms In The Hebrew Bible

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Looking at the Hebrew Bible, the Psalms fall into the Ketuvim, or “Writings.” The Hebrew Bible has Psalms listed as tehillâ; “a derivative of hālal. This root connotes being sincerely and deeply thankful for and/or satisfied in the lauding a superior quality(ies) or great, great act(s) of an object.” The book of Psalms renders itself to speak into every situation a person could have; in times of sadness, happiness, when looking for some wisdom, or just feeling thankful for who he is and all he has done in your life. Dr. Cartledge stated in his lecture on Psalms that “the central overriding theme of Psalms is the presence or absence of God.” In the Jewish tradition, there are descriptions at the beginning of the psalms that will tell either who wrote it, who it is written to, or the song tune. When reading this scriptural passage, the first thing I asked myself was,…show more content…
In Ernest Nicholson’s review of “The Sons of the Korah” by Michael Goulder he found information that dates it to the pre-exilic times.
Goulder's thesis is that these psalms originated in northern Israel at the sanctuary of Dan where they were related to the liturgy of the annual Festival of Tabernacles in the month. Such evidence as they now contain of a setting in Jerusalem is because they were transferred there and edited after the fall of the Northern Kingdom in 722 BC. Two phases in the history of the collection in northern Israel are discerned. In a first stage (ninth century) Ps. 84 (a pilgrim psalm) marked the arrival of worshippers, and Ps. 85 (a national lament) marked the first day, 14th

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