Traditio-Historical origin of the Psalter
I have produced an outline of how I believe the Psalter to have developed. It is in no way complete and needs a great deal of work but it sets out in brief the trajectory upon which I see the final form of the Psalter to have developed.
When you read the attached diagram keep in mind the following statement made by Frank Cross in his “The Song of the Sea and Canaanite Myth”.
We must posit two New Year’s festivals in the early cult of Israel, both covenant-renewal festivals. The autumn festival, falling on the New Year common to Canaan and Egypt, in Israel became the great feast of the era of kingship, both in Jerusalem and Beth’el. The spring New Year, with its ultimately Mesopotamian connections, appears to have been the time of the major festival at the old league sanctuaries of Gilgal and Shiloh, a covenant festival which virtually disappeared during the monarchy as a national pilgrimage feast, until the archaizing reforms of Josiah (2 Kings 23:22; cf. 2 Chron. 30:1-26). The associations of the Gilgal rites with the spring, with the covenant, with the sea crossing and the ‘ritual conquest,’ seems very clear indeed.
My outline is to be found here: psalmtraditiohistory I am no Clarence Larkin and apologise in advance!