By Harry P. Nasuti
At a time whilst the focal point of Psalms examine has more and more shifted from the form-critical issues of Hermann Gunkel and his fans, Defining the Sacred Songs argues for the ongoing value of style as an interpretative type within the post-critical period. Drawing on insights from the Psalms' lengthy interpretative culture, Nasuti is ready to carry a clean viewpoint at the function that the style definition of those texts performs in either modern scholarship and the lifetime of the groups that use them. the result's a greater appreciation of the atypical energy of the Psalms and a brand new realizing of the character of style research in sleek religious study.
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251, though see also his reservations about the penitential status of Psalm 6 in Psalmen, p. 21. 7. Gunkel, Psalmen, pp. 602, 437. 9 To be sure, a number of the psalms in this group have penitential motifs. However, since such motifs are a common feature of the individual lament genre, they do not mark these psalms as especially penitential. Sigmund Mowinckel, the other early giant of the form-critical analysis of the psalms, follows Gunkel closely in distinguishing between the traditional group of penitential psalms and the penitential psalms which can be isolated by form-critical methods.
2. The Role of Genre in Biblical Interpretation 45 why the traditional and the form-critical interpreters chose these different elements to be the basis of their textual groupings. The answer to this question goes to the heart of the nature of genre itself. The Importance of Setting One may begin this more theoretical discussion of genre by taking a closer look at the definition of genre that has been normative for modern biblical studies, that of Hermann Gunkel. 43 It is form criticism's attention to setting that has distinguished it from more purely taxonomic 'literary' pursuits.
18. Migne, PL 32, col. 63. 19. Cf. H. Omont, Catalogue des manuscrits franqais de la Bibliotheque Nationale (Ancien Saint-Germain francais, 2; Paris: Leroux, 1898), p. 3. ), p. 25. 2. 20 On the other hand, the reasons why these seven psalms have been chosen are not at all clear, as may be seen from even the most cursory form-critical analysis. To take only the most extreme example, one may look briefly at Psalm 102. In Gunkel's terms, this psalm combines some standard features of the lament of the individual with some more unusual hymnic and prophetic elements.