Disagreement on the interpretation of the Psalms, of which there are many, arise in large part from their apparent lack of context. Should they be treated as individual units? Or read together? In this brilliant study, Michael D. Goulder treats the Psalms contextually, examining, in particular, the Psalms of the Sons of Korah.
“The same will be equally true of the northern monarchy, whose only recorded festival is that in the autumn” (Page 19)
“So Wanke is right that the Korah psalms represent a theology of Zion as they were used in Jerusalem from the seventh century on. But Peters is more right in seeing that they were composed in the north in a much earlier period, and he is also right in identifying their shrine of origin as Dan.” (Page 17)
“It was a holy place from time immemorial, being the source of the one great river in the country” (Page 27)
“The oldest commentary on the meaning of the psalms is the manner of their arrangement in the Psalter: that is, the collections in which they are grouped, the technical and historical notes they carry, and the order in which they stand.” (Page 1)
Michael D. Goulder, formerly Professor of Biblical Studies, University of Birmingham, is the author of many books—including St. Paul versus St. Peter: A Tale of Two Missions.