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A Journey of Two Psalms: The Reception of Psalms 1 and 2 in Jewish and Christian Tradition

Susan Gillingham


For two-and-a-half millennia these two psalms have been commented on, translated, painted, set to music, employed in worship, and adapted in literature, often being used disputatiously by Jews and Christians alike. Psalm 1 is about the Law; at the heart of Psalm 2 is the Anointed One ('Messiah'), and together they serve as a Prologue to the rest of the Psalter. They have frequently been read as one composite poem, with the Temple as one of the motifs uniting them. So three themes—Jewish and Christian disputes, the interrelationship of these psalms, and the Temple—are interwoven throughout this ... More

Keywords: Psalms 1-2, Psalter, Jewish, Christian, law, Messiah, Temple, reception history, liturgy, art, music, literature

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2013 Print ISBN-13: 9780199652419
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: April 2014 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199652419.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Susan Gillingham, author
Fellow and Tutor in Theology, Worcester College, Oxford; Reader in Old Testament, Oxford University