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The Psalms of Asaph and the Pentateuch by M.D. Goulder


The Psalms of Asaph and the Pentateuch by M.D. Goulder

The Asaph psalms (50, 73-83) are a unity. They often call God 'Elohim' and 'El', and the people 'Joseph', as Amos does; they appeal to Israelite history, the exodus and the covenant; they are written in the face of military catastrophe. In this suggestive and brilliant work, Goulder argues that they were composed in Bethel in the 720s for use as the psalmody for the autumn festival. This gives us vital new evidence for the history of the Pentateuch: there was at Bethel a historical tradition from at least the time of the oppression in Egypt to the Solomonic Empire; the Asaphites took this tradition to Jerusalem and their descendants were the Deuteronomists.

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Michael Goulder is Emeritus Professor of Biblical Studies at the University of Birmingham.

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Publication date

1st December 1996


M.D. Goulder

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Sheffield Academic Press an imprint of Bloomsbury Publishing PLC


386 pages




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