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Conflict Between Faith and Experience, and the Shape of Psalms 73-83

Conflict Between Faith and Experience, and the Shape of Psalms 73-83

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Hardback

£85.00

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
ISBN: 9780567702739
Number of Pages: 224
Published: 14/07/2022
Width: 15.6 cm
Height: 23.4 cm
Stephen J. Smith enters the lively discussion of canonical or editorial-criticism of the Hebrew Psalter with this detailed investigation into one of its constituent collections, Psalms 73-83. In the book, he addresses scholarly disagreement over this collection's structure, the degree and nature of its literary unity, and its primary message. Smith argues that Psalms 73-82 - and possibly 83 - are deliberately arranged to resolve the disorienting collision between Israel's faith, traditional theology, and the experience of God's prolonged absence amid the sixth century exilic crisis. Smith contends that the collection is structured by a recursive, rather than linear, organizing principle. Over the book's nine chapters, he makes the case that the collection's editor(s) grouped its psalms into two major blocks (74-78; 79-82), composed of two sub-groupings each (74-76, 77-78; 79/82, 80-81), in order to develop a single topic in multiple dimensions: the severe threat that God's prolonged absence in the temple's destruction posed to Israel's traditional theology, and ultimately God's goodness. The collection has been shaped to resolve this crisis by encouraging resolute commitment to Israel's theology, most fundamentally God's goodness, in the face of its apparent failure.

Stephen J. Smith (Belhaven University, USA)

Stephen J. Smith is Assistant Professor of Biblical Studies and Christian Ministries at Belhaven University, USA.

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