Hebrew Bible 22 - Hebrew Bible Lecture 22 o Form criticism...

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Hebrew Bible Lecture 22 February 29, 2008 o Form criticism ***: one of the major methods used by modern scholars. o Tries to identify the literary forms/types/genre that are found in biblical literature o Want to think about where these forms may have come from (what may have been the setting in life that this form came from) o In studying Psalms, these kinds of questions can be useful. o Lament/Complaint Psalm*** : laments or complaints recited by individuals or community o The order of these 5 classic elements (sometimes only 4) can vary: o Psalm 13, p. 1119: the call to God (oh Lord), the actual complaint (will you ignore me… how long will enemy have upper hand), request/demand for help (look at me, answer me…), explanation for why turning to God (v.6 but I trust in your faithful—I’ve been loyal, ergo be loyal to me), some sort of vow/promise —can take two forms : 1. promise of sacrifice or 2. I’ll tell people about how you helped me/sing your praises (v.6 I will sing… translated: I want to sing)
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This note was uploaded on 04/21/2010 for the course RELIGION 220 taught by Professor Sarbacker during the Winter '08 term at Northwestern.

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Hebrew Bible 22 - Hebrew Bible Lecture 22 o Form criticism...

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