The Psalms, initially shaped by the experiences of ancient Israel, have for two thousand years expressed the hopes and fears, yearnings and devotion, of communities of conviction. The twenty-five essays in this volume provide a much-needed diachronic perspective and, representing disciplines such as biblical studies, liturgical studies, musicology, art history, theology, and literature, move beyond the initial cultural context of the Psalms to explore their appropriation and contribution to the lives of Jews and Christians across the centuries.
Harold W. Attridge is Lillian Claus Professor of New Testament at Yale Divinity School in New Haven, Connecticut. Margot E. Fassler is Robert S. Tangeman Professor, Yale School of Music and Yale Divinity School, and Director, Institute of Sacred Music at Yale University.
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