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On how to cope with an unadorned view on life (Ps 90)
A hard-edged outline: The world of the text
Hoping for a new quality of life: The possible worlds of the lyrical persona
The ultimate Other: YHWH’s possible worlds
A song of trust and confidence (Ps 91)
Steadfast confidence: The possible worlds of the “lyrical I”
A display of knowledge: The possible worlds of the second voice
Answering the psalmist’s trust: YHWH’s possible worlds
Praise for a well-ordered world (Ps 92)
Creating structure by separation: The world of the text
To make the right choice: The possible worlds of the lyrical persona
Confirming the psalmist’s perspective: The possible worlds of the other figures
The readers’ journey: The textual worlds of Ps 90-92
S. Gillmayr-Bucher : Création d’univers textuels dans les psaumes 90‑92
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The book of Psalms is one of the most fascinating books of the Bible. Throughout the centuries people have read these texts, prayed with them and sung them. They have also drawn their inspiration for new prayers, songs and poems from these texts. Part of this ongoing fascination of the psalms is their specific creation of individual worlds inviting recipients to join in. Like any other biblical text, psalms do not depict an exact image of their world. When the psalmists express their praise, lament or thanksgiving they do so by including different segments of their world from varying perspectives. Time and space of their depiction but also the protagonists and their intentions and hopes, their knowledge and obligations are arranged accordingly. Thus the textual world of a psalm always presents one specific construction of the experienced world.
This paper focuses on the different constructions of textual worlds in Ps 90-92. Despite similar motives and numerous connections between the...
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Susan Gillmayr-Bucher, « Creating the textual worlds of psalms », Revue des sciences religieuses, 89/3 | 2015, 277-298.
Susan Gillmayr-Bucher, « Creating the textual worlds of psalms », Revue des sciences religieuses [En ligne], 89/3 | 2015, mis en ligne le 01 juillet 2017, consulté le 29 mars 2017. URL : http://rsr.revues.org/2695 ; DOI : 10.4000/rsr.2695 Haut de page