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Psalms 2: A Commentary on Psalms 51–-100

May 27, 2008
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A review of Frank-Lothar Hossfeld and Erich Zenger’s Psalms 2: A Commentary on Psalms 51-–100 can be found here.

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  1. May 30, 2008 3:25 pm

    I have this volume. I have to say, I found the praise lavished on the quality of the translation a bit over the top. I find it very wooden. The sentences in English are often as long as the German original, which makes for demanding reading!

  2. June 6, 2008 7:20 pm

    Is the commentary itself worth the money?

  3. June 8, 2008 11:21 am

    To be honest, I haven’t properly started reading it yet . I’m still focussing on canonical theory. I got it as it was on sale.

    But it short, yes. It goes beyond the classical form critical approaches a looks at the Psalms as part of the broader corpus of the Psalter. There’s lots on intertextuality and canoincal shaping. It will provide a basic framework for my exegetical work.

  4. June 8, 2008 12:44 pm

    Sounds good to me. If you can spare a few minutes, could you let me know what he sees at the Sitz im Leben of the YHWH enthronement psalms.

    Also, where does Childs look at the Psalms in the most depth?

  5. June 9, 2008 6:24 pm

    As far as I am aware, he doesn’t look too much into the original historical context. Childs didn’t deal too much with the Psalms, apart from in his Introduction, which I don’t own, and in an essay on the Psalm titles as midrash (important and groundbreaking). His student, Gerald Wilson, is best known for a canonical intepretation of the Psalter.

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