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date: 18 October 2019

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This article examines the nature and significance of wisdom language in the Psalms. It considers whether there is such a thing as a wisdom psalm, whether there is evidence of distinctive wisdom language in certain psalms, the distinguishing characteristics of wisdom psalms or wisdom language, and the Sitz im Leben of wisdom psalms. It also discusses whether sages or scribes can be considered authors of some psalms or as editors of the Psalter in whole or part, along with the relationship between school and cult, scholar and praise-giver. In trying to understand the relationship between psalms and wisdom, the article analyzes the insights of Hermann Gunkel, who posited a problematic category he called “wisdom poems.” Finally, it looks at three categories of psalms in relation to wisdom: acrostic psalms, Torah psalms, and anthological psalms.

Keywords: wisdom language, Psalms, wisdom psalms, Sitz im Leben, sages, Psalter, cult, wisdom, Hermann Gunkel, wisdom poems

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