Biblical and Theological Studies Faculty Publications

Title

Psalm 78:1-8 As a Musical Intertext of Torah and Wisdom

Document Type

Article

Publication Date

7-2016

Journal Title

Bibliotheca Sacra

Volume

173

First Page

297

Last Page

314

Abstract

By means of connections with both Torah and Wisdom literature, Psaim 78:1-8 introduces the psalm’s recounting of Israel’s history, framing it as a wisdom text whose purpose is to teach readers and transmit knowledge of and faith in Yahweh to the following generation. In addition to its intertextuality, its characteristics as poetry and as song also contribute to its effectiveness in shaping the values of its readers and singers.

Keywords

Psalms, Torah, wisdom