By Robert L. Foster

ISBN-10: 0567026531

ISBN-13: 9780567026538

This number of essays advances psalms reports via a concerted concentrate on the persuasive target of psalmic poetry, and it deals specific views on rhetorical units in the psalms. those essays comprise discussions not just of constitution, literary units, and rhetorical thoughts, however the authors additionally discussion with classical rhetoric, smooth psalms study, and present developments in rhetoric and cognitive science.
 Part One discusses a variety of theoretical concerns. numerous articles speak about lament in the psalms, together with the functionality of appeals to pathos, lament's reimbursement for monotheistic piety, and the necessity for extra recognition to the laments' poetry and rhetoric to appreciate their that means. different essays deal with the psalmists' self-presentation, the ideological identification of the depraved in the psalms, faunal imagery in regards to tenor and car, the topoi concerning God in name to compliment psalms, the functionality of gaps in prayers for aid, and the rhetoric of kingship psalms as makes an attempt to cajole readers of the legitimacy and efficacy of kingship.
 Part includes rhetorical analyses of a number of psalms or psalm pairs, every one with precise emphases. those contain a dialogue of Psalm eight from a physically viewpoint, the character and implication of nature language inside of Psalm 23, the constitution of Psalm 102 inside ebook IV of the Psalter in addition to its theology and lament, the forensic case of Psalms one zero five and 106 emphasizing the position of narrative in forensic rhetoric and evaluating the implications with classical rhetoric, and an research of the rhetorical objective of Psalm 147, subjected to advancements inside of cognitive science.

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This attempt, however, must fail because the language of Hebrew poetry will not go so softly into the night. The interpreter, of course, longs to know which meaning spT2* TI^K or CTK *n or ''TOD or p*n or •um or IOZT mrr or p-rsr TQT or me larvra or janci rmwt was intended by the original speaker of Ps 4. And I find it plausible to assume that the original speaker did indeed intend specific meanings by these words and phrases. Those precise meanings, however, are as lost to us as the Book of the Wars of YHWH.

16 "My Words Are Lovely" Vindicate me when I call, O God of my innocence! You gave me room when I was in distress. Be gracious to me, and hear my prayer. Answer me when I call, O God of my righteousness! You gave me room when I was in distress. Be gracious to me and hear my prayer. How long, O wealthy accusers, shall my reputation suffer reproach? How long will you love empty lies and seek after untruths? How long, you idolaters, shall my God suffer shame? How long will you love false gods And seek after their lies?

My soul is cast down within me. (Ps 42:6) My heart is in anguish within me, The terrors of death have fallen upon me. (Ps 55:4) I am weary with crying; my throat is parched. My eyes grow dim with waiting for God. (Ps 69:3) Insults have broken my heart, so that I am in despair. I looked for pity, but there was none; and for comforters... (Ps 69:20) The primary purpose of these cries is probably to evoke divine sympathy. Certainly as readers, we are drawn to feel sympathy toward the supplicant portrayed in the lament It should be noted that such "self-pity" can be an implicit accusation against God.

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