Chapter 11 Images of David in Several Muslim Rewritings of the Psalms

In: The Character of David in Judaism, Christianity and Islam

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Abstract

The paper identifies several different versions of the Arabic “Psalms of David,” each of which starts with a shared core of one hundred psalms and then edits, reorganizes, rewrites, and adds to that core material. It demonstrates that although all of them present David as a model of repentance and piety, each version depicts him differently: some emphasize his sin and repentance, while others minimize it, promoting a piety of strict orthodoxy and obedience. It shows that each editor uses the shared symbol of David and his Psalms to advance his own vision of Islamic piety.

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