Editorial Activity in the Psalter: A State of the Field Survey

David M. Howard Jr.

Article Type: Article

Publication Date: 7/1/1989

Issue: The Finality of Christ (Vol. 9, No 3, Summer, 1989)

This essay is intended to survey the state of the field in this area and to highlight some common ground held by the many scholars working on these questions. It briefly surveys the mainstream approaches and then focuses on studies dealing in some way with editorial activity. This new interest in editorial activity clearly is related to the current trend in biblical studies toward unitary, literary, and “canonical” readings of the Bible. It is particularly a challenge in Psalms studies, however, due to the obvious independent and self-contained nature of the individual psalms. Despite this, many advances are being made and much can be said about the concerns of the Psalter’s editors.

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