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Old Testament Essays

versión On-line ISSN 2312-3621
versión impresa ISSN 1010-9919


LEOW, Wen-Pin. Changing One's Tune: Re-reading the Structure of Psalm 132 as Complex Antiphony. Old testam. essays [online]. 2019, vol.32, n.1, pp.32-57. ISSN 2312-3621.

Complex antiphony, which allows dialogue between non-linearly adjacent cola in a psalm, provides the potential for re-reading problematic Hebrew texts such as Psalm 132. This article studies the two main structural options that have been proposed for Psalm 132, arguing in preference for the minority view that places a major break after v. 9. It is then argued, based on this minority structure, that the multiple distinctive types of literary bonds between the two halves of the psalm point towards a form of complex antiphony known as steady responsa. It is then shown that such a steady responsa reading of Psalm 132 addresses some of the critical exegetical problems of the psalm, such as the referent of the pronominal suffixes in v. 6. In addition, this reading also reveals a coherent and rich petitionary rhetoric in Psalm 132.

Palabras clave : Antiphony; Steady responsa; Non-linear Structure; Psalm 132.

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