By Susan Gillingham
For two-and-a-half millennia those psalms were commented on, translated, painted, set to song, hired in worship, and tailored in literature, frequently getting used disputatiously through Jews and Christians alike. Psalm 1 is ready the legislations; on the middle of Psalm 2 is the Anointed One ("Messiah"), and jointly they function a Prologue to the remainder of the Psalter. they've got often been learn as one composite poem, with the Temple as one of many motifs uniting them. So 3 themes--Jewish and Christian disputes, the interrelationship of those psalms, and the Temple--are interwoven all through this reception background research. the adventure begins in historic Judaism, strikes directly to early Christianity, then to rabbinic and medieval Judaism, and so that you can Christian commentators from the early center a long time to the Reformation. the adventure pauses to examine 4 vital modes of reception--liturgical use, visible exegesis, musical interpretation, and imitation in English literature. Thirty-eight colour plates and various musical and poetic examples carry the paintings to existence. the adventure maintains by way of taking a look at the debates approximately those psalms that have occupied students because the Enlightenment, and ends with a bankruptcy which surveys their reception historical past within the mild of the 3 key subject matters.
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Why do the kings of the earth] rise up, [and the] princes take counsel together against the Lord and against [His Messiah]? (Ps. ii,1). Interpreted, this saying concerns [the kings of the nations] who shall [rage against] the elect of Israel in the last days . . This anthology, one of the twenty-six fragments from Cave 4, is usually dated somewhere between the latter part of the ﬁrst century bce and the beginning of the ﬁrst century ce, mainly because of its Herodian script. 23 The anthology can be divided into three parts indicated above: the ﬁrst two start with a quotation from 2 Samuel 7, and the third starts with a citation of Ps.
Yet it does have several allusions to Psalm 2. The parallelism of the ‘counsel of the nations’ (OYWG `TCE) and the ‘plans of the peoples’ (OYME TWB$XM) in Ps. 10 (EV v. 8) echoes the conspiracies of the nations and the plotting of the peoples in Ps. 1, which speaks of the tumult of the nations (OYWG W$GR), and the plotting of the peoples (WGHY OYMALW). The picture of the Lord, sitting in the heavens and watching the nations’ futile plans (Pss. 15 [EV v. 13]), is another 1 We shall discuss the dating for this psalm in Chapter 2 ‘The Start of the Journey: The Hebrew Bible’: 12–13.
See Janse 2009: 15–17, who argues less convincingly to further correspondences between Psalm 2 and Isaiah 11. 5 The diﬀerences in vocabulary (OYWG in the psalm, OYYA in Isaiah) may be explained because of the liturgical and prophetic genres of each text. Isaiah 49 is not a copy of Psalm 2: it does, however, seem to have used some of the motifs in this psalm. 6 The admonition at the end of Psalm 2 (‘Now therefore, O kings [OYKLM] be wise; be warned, O rulers [YUP$] of the earth . ’) has links with Isa.