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Praying Biblical History: The Phenomenon of History in the Psalms

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Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)400-426
Number of pages27
JournalHebrew Bible and Ancient Israel
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - May 2016


The article argues that the reception of biblical history starts with the Song of the Sea (Exod 15) and is then carried into the Book of Psalms. It is here that the historical psalms (Ps 78, 106, 106, 135, 136, 137) continue the exegesis with different emphasis, which results in an ongoing discourse on biblical history. Finallly, the penitential prayer in Neh 9 represents a sys-tematisation of the historical psalms. This dynamical exegetical process can be described as biblical Judaism’s search for identity, in which the people assure themselves of their history with their God. The literary genre of prayer texts evokes a cultic context and allows for an individual appro-priation of biblical history.

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  • Biblical History, Psalms, Exod 15, Neh 9, Identity, Biblical Judaism

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