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A rabbi reads the psalms

Author: Jonathan Magonet
Publisher: London : SCM, 2004.
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : 2nd edView all editions and formats
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"Why another book on the Psalms? Surely there are enough already. What is the justification for yet one more, and by someone who first found the Psalms almost boringly the same?" "Jonathan Magonet has a ready answer. After teaching the Psalms for twenty years he has found that within the vast literature about them there is very little that introduces the kinds of interpretations made by the rabbis, whether ancient,  Read more...
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Jonathan Magonet
ISBN: 0334029538 9780334029533
OCLC Number: 54860903
Notes: Previous edition: 1994.
Description: x, 223 pages ; 22 cm
Contents: 1. Why another book on the Psalms? --
2. Biblical poetry for beginners --
3. David sings the blues --
On concentric Psalms: Psalms 145 and 92 --
4. Through rabbinic eyes: Psalm 23 --
5. Rewriting tradition: Psalm 25 --
6. A stairway to paradise: on Psalm 19 --
7. Why have you forsaken me? Psalm 22 --
8. Did my mother conceive me in sin? Psalm 51 --
9. 'The Musical!': Psalm 118 --
10. Maker of heaven and earth- a text in context: Psalms 115, 121, 124, 134, 146 --
11. A thousand years in your sight: Psalm 90 --
12. 'But surely ... ': A meditation on Psalm 73.
Responsibility: Jonathan Magonet.

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After teaching the Psalms for over twenty years, Magonet has found very little on rabbinical interpretation, ancient, mediaeval or modern. This is an introduction to the Hebrew text that gives  Read more...

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