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Inside outside Psalm 55: How Jonah grew out of a psalmist's conceit

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This chapter takes up an idea proposed in an unpublished paper more than ten years ago in an almost off-hand way, but which has in the intervening years grown on steadily. It refers to it in a limited way in a previously published paper, and more recently Hugh Pyper has endorsed the author general proposition that the psalm in Jonah has a narrative structure which gives it a certain coherence and integrity, comparable in this respect to Pss. 55, 73, 82 and 132. The mere coincidence of the occurrence of the name Jonah in both Psalm 55 and the book is, of course, not enough to justify any more far-reaching thesis. The chapter shows that in Psalm 55 there is a cleverly constructed dramatic poem which is both unique in important respects and of sufficient power to be a potential catalyst.

Keywords: dramatic poem; Hugh Pyper; Jonah; potential catalyst; Psalm



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