Psalm 29, a sacred text in Jewish and Christian Bibles, has been understood in a variety of ways through time and in different traditions. This volume presents a sample of the use and meaning derived from a single biblical text. From the earliest translations to contemporary African Independent Churches, this psalm has been an integral part of synagogue and church; but what it has meant and how it is used is a fascinating journey through human culture. Not only the understanding of the written word, but also the liturgical use and the musical adaptations of a biblical text are considered here.
This is a book for anyone – scholar, student, or laity – with an interest in the Bible in its many contexts.
List of Contributors
Lowell K. Handy
2. Adapting Psalm 29 through Translation
3. Echoes of “the Voice”: Psalm 29 in the Fathers
Jeffrey B. Gibson
4. Psalm 29 in Jewish Psalms Commentary (Midrash Tehillim): King David’s Instructions for Synagogue Prayer
Esther Menn and David Sandmel
5. The Psalms and Psalm 29 among Syrian Christians
Paul S. Russell
6. Not Elijah’s God: Medieval Jewish and Christian Interpretation of Psalm 29
7. Luther and Calvin Read Psalm 29
Lowell K. Handy
8. The Liturgical Use of Psalm 29
9. Singing Psalm 29 Faithfully
Emily R. Brink
10. Gods of Glory Ought to Thunder: The Canaanite Matrix of Psalm 29
Dennis Pardee and Nancy Pardee
11. Psalm 29 in African Indigenous Churches in Nigeria
David Tuesday Adamo
Index of Proper Names
Endorsements and Reviews
This book provides a fascinating sample of the insights to be gained through the application of reception history to a specific biblical text … The span of the articles is encompassing, treating interpretation of Psalm 29 by early and medieval rabbis, the church fathers and medieval Christianity, Syrian Christianity, Luther, Calvin, and indigenous churches in Nigeria … Overall, this is an impressive and engaging collection of essays, well-rounded and informative to both scholars and lay readers.
Alan J. Hauser, Appalachian State University
If you think you know all there is to know about Psalm 29, read this book! If you think that the true meaning of this or any other piece of Scripture is finite, knowable only by experts (ecclesiastical or otherwise), and eternal – by all means read this book! The essays are focused, informative, interesting, useful, and reader-friendly. Recommended for multiple readerships and settings, from AP high school courses to Elder Hostel programs.
W. Boyd Barrick, Montana State University-Billings
This fascinating and illuminating collection of essays comes by way of a manifesto as well as a case study in working at reception criticism. One comes away from encountering Gregory of Nyssa or Augustine among many, wonderfully enriched and with a broader vision as to how the Bible can be read.
Paul Ballard, in Theological Book Review, Vol 23, No 2
This anthology is successful in broadening awareness of the different perspectives and insights to be mined from various faith traditions, especially those different from that of the reader. … a concrete example of biblical interpretation through the centuries.
Daniel Watson, in The Expository Times, Vol 124, No 5
Each essay was able to identify an assortment of difficulties in the psalm, showing how particular communities either smoothed over problematic areas, or adapted the psalm to fit their needs. … overall the volume accomplished what it set out to do; namely, give the reader a general sense of different interpretive environments throughout history, while at the same time allowing Psalm 29 to serve as an example of how these environments interacted with a specific text.
Andrew C. Witt, in Reviews in Religion & Theology, Vol 20, Issue 2