The Hunt for Ancient Israel - Essays in Honour of Diana V. Edelman - Cynthia Shafer-Elliott

The Hunt for Ancient Israel - Essays in Honour of Diana V. Edelman - Cynthia Shafer-Elliott

Praying History: Taking a Joyful Leap of Trust

The Hunt for Ancient Israel - Essays in Honour of Diana V. Edelman - Cynthia Shafer-Elliott

Susanne Gillmayr-Bucher [+-]
Catholic Private University of Linz, Austria
Susanne Gillmayr-Bucher is professor of Biblical Studies / Old Testament at the Catholic Private University of Linz, Austria. Her research focusses on narratological and poetic approaches to biblical texts and the history of the reception of the Bible in literature and art. Her special interest is the Book of Psalms.

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When Ps 105 and 106 remember history, they do so in different ways. Not only do they recall different episodes from the past, focus on the role of God or the people, emphasis different theological themes, but they also highlight different emotions connected with the retold events. In this way, they also evoke different emotions in the readers. This paper focusses on the emotional dimension of Ps 105 and 106. Following the argumentation of these psalms, it describes the explicitly mentioned emotions, the emotional evaluations of the remembered events and it points out an emotional dynamic that these texts can evoke in their readers. I argue that this emotional process of remembering the past strengthen the persuasive power of these prayers and enables the readers to join in the viewpoint of these psalms.

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Gillmayr-Bucher, Susanne . Praying History: Taking a Joyful Leap of Trust. The Hunt for Ancient Israel - Essays in Honour of Diana V. Edelman. Equinox eBooks Publishing, United Kingdom. p. 436-454 Jun 2022. ISBN 9781800500228. https://www.equinoxpub.com/home/view-chapter/?id=41653. Date accessed: 07 Aug 2022 doi: 10.1558/equinox.41653. Jun 2022

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