Worth More than Many Sparrows - Essays in Honour of Willi Braun - Sarah E. Rollens

Worth More than Many Sparrows - Essays in Honour of Willi Braun - Sarah E. Rollens

From Liturgy to Polemic and Back: Social Identity issues in the Use of Two Psalms

Worth More than Many Sparrows - Essays in Honour of Willi Braun - Sarah E. Rollens

Steven Muir [+-]
Concordia University of Edmonton
Steven Muir is a Professor of Religious Studies at Concordia University of Edmonton (Canada). His research interests include New Testament and early Christianities in light of group relations and ritual.

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This is an examination of the use and interpretation of Psalms 82 and 110 in four settings: pre-and post-exilic Israelite, Rabbinic Judaism, New Testament/early Christianity, and Greek Orthodoxy. I use the analytical lens of Social Identity theory. These Psalms are striking case studies in the multi-generational and multi-community appropriation of texts, with radical shifts of interpretation and usage at each stage. What emerges is a picture of the utility of texts which speak of group conflict – those texts can be adapted to fit a variety of conflict settings.

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Muir, Steven. From Liturgy to Polemic and Back: Social Identity issues in the Use of Two Psalms. Worth More than Many Sparrows - Essays in Honour of Willi Braun. Equinox eBooks Publishing, United Kingdom. Feb 2023. ISBN 9781800501973. https://www.equinoxpub.com/home/view-chapter/?id=43715. Date accessed: 26 Nov 2022 doi: 10.1558/equinox.43715. Feb 2023

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