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Defining the Sacred Songs: Genre, Tradition, and the Post-Critical Interpretation of the Psalms

by Nasuti, Harry P.

Sheffield Academic Press 1999

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Overview

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.

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Product Details

  • 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.