At a time when the focus of Psalms research has increasingly shifted from the form-critical concerns of Hermann Gunkel and his followers, Defining the Sacred Songs argues for the continued importance of genre as an interpretative category in the post-critical era. Drawing on insights from the Psalms' long interpretative tradition, Nasuti is able to bring a fresh perspective on the role that the genre definition of these texts plays in both contemporary scholarship and the life of the communities that use them. The result is a better appreciation of the peculiar power of the Psalms and a new understanding of the nature of genre analysis in modern biblical studies.
This is a stimulating attempt at revising the content and usefulness of form critical interpretation in a post-Gunkel era.
—Theological Book Review
- Title: Defining the Sacred Songs: Genre, Tradition, and the Post-Critical Interpretation of the Psalms
- Author: Harry P. Nasuti
- Publisher: Sheffield Academic Press
- Publication Date: 2009
- Pages: 231
About Harry P. Nasuti
Harry Nasuti is Professor of Biblical Studies, Fordham University, Bronx, New York.