Reading Psalm 78 multidimensionally:the textual dimension
Van Rooy, H.F.
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This article is part of an attempt to read Psalm 78 multidimensiona/ly. It explains the notion of a multidimensional reading. Such a reading has to deal with the dimensions of the text, the author and the reader and the interaction between these three dimensions. This paper focuses on a reading of the textual dimension of Psalm 78, looking at diachronic and synchronic aspects. The structure of the Psalm is analysed, distinguishing an introduction (verses I-8) and two recitals (verses 9-39 and 40-72). These three sections are discussed in detail. The genre of the Psalm is also investigated. It is of a mixed type, with elements of historical and didactic poems.
- Faculty of Theology