Tuesday, November 07, 2006

Teaching Gunkel and the Psalms

Here is a teaching slide introducing Gunkel and the form-critical approach to the psalms (click to enlarge):

Gunkel Slide

Tyler Williams over on the Codex blog has done all of us teaching professors a real service by providing a complete on-line listing of Gunkel's classification of all the psalms (click here). He has even been so kind as to make available the entire survey in PDF form as a student handout (click here).

Under each category, Tyler lists the specific psalms at issue, their general form, and their proposed Sitz-im-Leben. It is really very helpful to have this on-line. Thanks Tyler!


Blogger Eliz F said...

In my thesis research I have been struck by how the psalms in lectionary worship function as congregational responses to the first reading rather than being used as a reading in their own right. Does that bother you? It bothers me. This is why only 105 are used in the Revised Common Lectionary.

Wed Nov 08, 06:52:00 AM GMT-5  
Blogger S and C said...

Thanks Elizabeth, it does bother me. I recently wrote a short piece for publication on Ps 25, which is a very learned "acrostic" psalm, filled with cross references and teaching about them. If Ps 25 is "response" rather than "teaching," well then I'm a monkey's uncle... ---SLC

Wed Nov 08, 07:38:00 AM GMT-5  

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