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Author Simon, Uriel

Title Four approaches to the Book of Psalms : from Saadiah Gaon to Abraham Ibn Ezra / Uriel Simon ; translated from the Hebrew by Lenn J. Schramm
Published Albany : State University of New York Press, 1991


Description 1 online resource (xii, 364 pages)
Series SUNY series in Judaica
SUNY series in Judaica.
Contents Front Matter -- Half Title Page -- Title Page -- Copyright Page -- Table of Contents -- PREFACE -- Content -- Saadiah Gaon: The Book of Psalms as a Second Pentateuch -- I. The Rhetorical Thesis: Commandment and admonition phrased as prayer and petition -- II. The Polemical Motive: An attack on the Karaite order of prayer and support for the Rabbanite prayerbook -- III. The Ritual Thesis: The five-fold condition -- IV. The Exegetical Application: Radical reinterpretation -- V. Polemic and Truth: To what extent is Saadiah's approach to Psalms anchored in his thought? -- Notes to Chapter 1
The Karaite Approach: The Psalms as Mandatory Prophetic Prayers -- I. SaLmon ben Yeruham: The PsaLms as prophetic prayer for aLL ages: Monarchy, Exile, and Redemption -- II. Yefet ben cAli: The Psalms as prophetic prayers, perfect in form and content -- Notes to Chapter Two -- Moses Ibn Giqatilah: The Psalms as Non-prophetic Prayers and Poems -- Notes to Chapter Three -- Abraham Ibn Ezra: The Psalms as Prophetic and Sacred Poet -- I. Abraham Ibn Ezra's two commentaries on Psalm -- II. Echoes of Ibn Ezra's predecessors in his commentaries on Psalms
III. The prologue to the First Introduction: The musical and thematic superiority of the Psalms as divine songs -- IV. The First Inquiry: Who wrote the Psalms? -- V. The Second Inquiry: Who edited the Book of Psalms? -- VI. The Third Inquiry: Are the Psalms prayers or prophecies? -- VII. The Fourth Inquiry: Editorial matters-the order ofthe psalms and the terms used in their headings -- Notes to Chapter Four -- Back Matter -- BIBLIOGRAPHY -- APPENDIX -- Ibn Ezra's Introduction and Commentary on Psalms 1 -2: The ""First Recension"" -- Notes to Commentary on Psalms 1 and 2 -- Index of Citations
Index -- Back Cover
Summary Annotation A blow-by-blow account of the controversy that raged among Hebrew scholars from the 10th to the 12th centuries about the theological status and literary genre of the Psalms. Are they the Lord's words spoken to David, prophetic common prayers of the nation of Israel, an anthology of non-prophetic poems by different poets, or divinely inspired and sacred poems? Includes the full text of a previously unknown introduction to Ibn Ezra's commentary on the Psalms, much more elaborate than the one commonly known. Paper edition (unseen), $24.50. Annotation copyrighted by Book News, Inc., Portland, OR
Notes Translation of: Arbaʻ gishot le-Sefer Tehilim
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 297-307) and indexes
Notes English
Print version record
Subject Saʻadia ben Joseph, 882-942 -- Contributions in Biblical criticism
Ibn Ezra, Abraham ben Meïr, 1089-1164 -- Contributions in Biblical criticism
Ibn Ezra, Abraham ben Meïr, 1089-1164
Saʻadia ben Joseph, 882-942
SUBJECT Bible. Psalms -- Criticism, interpretation, etc., Jewish
Bible. Psalms fast
Subject Karaites -- Controversial literature -- History and criticism
RELIGION -- Biblical Studies -- Old Testament.
RELIGION -- Biblical Studies -- Wisdom Literature.
Karaites -- Controversial literature
Genre/Form Criticism, interpretation, etc.
Form Electronic book
ISBN 0585088683
Other Titles Arbaʻ gishot le-Sefer Tehilim. English