n Journal for Semitics - Reconsidering the (almost) silence on the patriarchs in the Psalter

Volume 20, Issue 1
  • ISSN : 1013-8471


In a previous study, the author took under review the direct references to the patriarchs in the Psalms, indicating that it is only in Psalm 105 that the persons of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob are specified. Three possible reasons for this - "place in history", "cultic setting", and "differences in 'levels' of religious practice" - were suggested as possible sociological explanations for this paucity of patriarchal references in the Psalter. These reasons are in this paper reconsidered in the light of the author's currently developing theory on the patriarchs of ancient Israel, which consists of viewing the patriarchs as late (8th century and later) composite figures.

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