The Two Structures of Psalm 29

In: Vetus Testamentum
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  • 1 Pontificio Istituto Biblico, Roma
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Against various proposals to remove vv. 3b, 7, 9c and 11 from Psalm 29 as late additions, the author affirms the substantial integrity of the mt. According to him, the psalm is composed of five strophes, each consisting of two rhythmic verses (1-2, 3-4, 5-7, 8-9, 10-11). They form two complementary structures, one with a central pivot (introduction, 1-2; body, 3-9; conclusion, 10-12), and the other a linear one (praise of God in the cosmos, 1-4; praise of God in the land of Israel, 5-9; resumption of the cosmic praise, 10; resumption of the praise of Israel, 11). It is in the interaction of these two structures that the unity of the psalm is grasped.

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