Jul 9, 2012

The Psalms in Jewish Liturgy

“William Holladay has calculated that out of the 150 psalms, 57 are regularly used in worship. He points out that the Jewish liturgy prefers the positive psalms, such as hymns, songs of confidence, wisdom psalms, and hymns of Yahweh’s kingship. Despite being the commonest type of psalm, few laments are used in Jewish worship. And none of the messianic psalms (Pss 2; 72; 110) is regularly used. But he points out that there is a strong tradition of reciting the whole Psalter privately on a monthly, weekly, or even daily basis.”

William Holladay, The Psalms through Three Thousand Years: Prayerbook of a Cloud of Witnesses (Minneapolis: Fortress, 1993), 142–43 as summarized in Gordon J. Wenham, Psalms as Torah: Reading Biblical Songs Ethically, Studies in Theological Interpretation (Grand Rapids: Baker, 2012), 19. 

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