By Donald K. Berry
A reader-oriented process presents a considerably special approach of imaginative and prescient on Psalm 18 and Psalms learn in most cases. Reader-based interpretation is in comparison to traditional methodologies by way of 4 separate analyses of Psalm 18: a textual learn, a form-critical explication, a rhetorical research, and an experimental reader-oriented learn concerning the subsequent techniques. before everything, the parts of the textual content are regarded as networks of indications for the reader. Secondly, the text's speech acts are remoted and typified. Thirdly, the traditional and modern contexts for the studying of the psalm are tested. The reader-oriented examine culminates in views upon Psalm 18. The psalm could be learn as a ritual speech act played by way of the group of historical worshippers, or as a lyric poem that every modern reader reviews by way of id with the speaker. The concluding bankruptcy studies all of the methodologies, comparing strengths and weaknesses, in addition to interrelationships between equipment.
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157; and Kraus, Psalmen, p. 139. 5. Schmidt, Psalmen, p. 29. 6. Dahood, Psalms, p. 114. 2. Textual Study 45 Text: Verse 34a For the sake of sense and syntax, the * of must be dropped. Plenty of evidence exists for this, as one would expect. A final explanation could be somewhat more difficult as the anomalous ending is also found in 2 Sam. 34 and in Hab. 19 (a parallel passage). 2 Within this context, no suffix is expected. Text: Verse 35a, b Several suggestions are offered for readings to replace and the issue is difficult.
The matter is not quite so hopeless as it seems. The interpreter may adopt one of two attitudes: either the rigid system which determined ancient meter is lost forever, or there was never such a rigid system in the first place. While combing through numerous metrical theories, the latter option becomes increasingly favorable. The concept of meter must be broadened to include not only stresses and syllables, but also a general notion of balance based on semantics as well as form. Lowth recognized this two centuries ago, noting that the nature of Hebrew metrics (in substance and balance rather than feet and complex rhythmical structure) allows a literal prose translation to capture some of their aesthetic nature.
Cross, 'Studies', p. 147; and Dahood, Psalms, p. 109. Cross, 'Studies', p. 148. Among them, Gunkel, Psalmen, p. 70; and Kraus, Psalmen, p. 139. Cross, 'Studies', p. 148. Dahood, Psalms, p. 110. 40 The Psalms and their Readers but the Masoretic Text is preferred since its inconsistency is within tolerable limits: hence 'from my strong enemy'. Text: Verse 20a 2 Sam. 20 adds to the first half line. 2 The shortness of the half line is easier to accept than a reading founded on a parallel passage. Semantically, (Samuel) adds nothing to (Psalms).