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Song of Exile: The Enduring Mystery of Psalm 137

David W. Stowe


No poem has exerted a more sustained pull on the political imagination of people around the world than Psalm 137. Song of Exile is an archaeology of this enduring text, which opens a window on the Babylonian Exile 2,500 years ago—a crucial event for the formation of Judaism—and has been a siren song to musicians, artists, writers, theologians, and leaders. This book unpacks the subtle ways in which memory of the Exile has affected the self-understanding of Jews, Christians, and other displaced communities. Like many stories and passages from the Hebrew Bible, Psalm 137 is highly adaptable, ope ... More

Keywords: Hebrew Bible, psalm, Exile, Babylon, Israel, forced migration, memory, sacred music, Judaism, Christianity

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2016 Print ISBN-13: 9780190466831
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2016 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780190466831.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

David W. Stowe, author
Professor of Religious Studies, Michigan State University

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