The Formation of the 'Book' of Psalms 978-3-16-154787-4 - Mohr Siebeck
Theology

David Willgren

The Formation of the 'Book' of Psalms

Reconsidering the Transmission and Canonization of Psalmody in Light of Material Culture and the Poetics of Anthologies

[Die Entstehung des 'Buchs' der Psalmen. Überlegungen zur Überlieferung und Kanonisierung der Psalmodie im Lichte der Sachkultur und der Poetik der Anthologien.]

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By conceptualizing the 'Book' of Psalms as an anthology, and by inquiring into its poetics by means of paratextuality, David Willgren provides a fresh reconstruction of its formation and concludes that it preserves a selection of psalms that is best seen not as a book of psalms, but as a canon of psalms.
This work was awarded with SEK 50.000 by The Royal Swedish Academy of Letters, History and Antiquities as a »« (förtjänt vetenskapligt arbete).
In this study, David Willgren attempts to provide answers to two fundamental questions in relation to the formation of the 'Book' of Psalms: »how?« and »why?«. The first relates to the diachronic growth of the collection (how are these processes to be reconstructed, and on what grounds?), while the second relates to questions of purpose (to what end are psalms being juxtaposed in a collection?).
By conceptualizing the 'Book' of Psalms as an anthology, and by inquiring into its poetics by means of paratextuality, David Willgren provides a fresh reconstruction of the formation of the 'Book' of Psalms and concludes, in contrast to the canonical approach, that it does not primarily provide a literary context for individual psalms. Rather, it preserves a dynamic selection of psalms that is best seen not as a book of psalms, but as a canon of psalms.
This work was awarded with SEK 50.000 by The Royal Swedish Academy of Letters, History and Antiquities as a »« (förtjänt vetenskapligt arbete).
Authors/Editors

David Willgren Geboren 1983; Studium der Theologie an der Örebro School of Theology; 2016 Promotion in Lund; seit 2019 Lecturer an der Akademi för Ledarskap och Teologi und der Örebro School of Theology; seit 2019 Postdoktorand an der Umeå University.
https://orcid.org/0000-0002-7523-7585

Reviews

The following reviews are known:

In: Old Testament Essays — 30 (2017), S. 199–204 (Beat Weber)
In: Bulletin for Biblical Research — 27.2 (2017), S. 253–255 (Benjamin J. Noonan)
In: Revue Théologique de Louvain — 50 (2019), pp. 81–86 (Didier Luciani)
In: Journal for the Study of the OT — 41.5 (2017) (Richard S. Briggs)
In: http://newbooksnetwork.com — https://newbooksnetwork.com/ (1/2017) (Michael L. Morales)
In: Zeitschr. f. d. Alttestamentl. Wissenschaft — 129 (2017), S. 321–322 (M.W.)
In: Gregorianum — 99 (2018), S. 180–181 (Sebastiano Pinto)
In: Review of Biblical Literature — https://www.bookreviews.org/ (1/2018) (Erhard S. Gerstenberger)
In: Theologische Revue — 114 (2018), S. 372–374 (Johannes Bremer)
In: Recherches de Science Religieuse — 109 (2020), pp. 171–172 (Sophie Ramond)
In: Svensk Exegetisk Arsbok — 82 (2017), S. 302–305 (Anja Klein)
In: Dead Sea Discoveries — 26 (2019), S. 125–127 (Nathan Mastnjak)
In: Jahrbuch f.Liturgik u.Hymnologie — 2018, S. 108–109 (Reinhard Müller)
In: https://acadamic.logos.com — https://academic.logos.com/the-psalms-a-book-or-anthology-an-interview-with-david-willgren/ (Tavis Bohlinger)
In: The Expository Times — 132 (2021), pp. 292–293 (David C. Mitchell)
In: Revista Biblica — 81 (2019), S. 385–393 (Jorge Blunda)