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This introductory chapter presents an overview of this book, which employs relevant insights from the canonical method to examine the subject of change of mood in the Psalter using the form-critical framework of the one-way movement from lament to praise as a starting point. Specifically, the book focuses on the psalms which contain the reverse movement from praise/thanksgiving to lament, return to lament even after the movement to praise and alternate between the two elements. It highlights these other movements as a necessary corrective to the one-sided emphasis on the movement to praise. The book affirms that the overall movement in the Psalter is from lament to praise through the study of representative psalms which contain the movement lament-praise. It seeks to discern possible connections with neighbouring psalms to see how these contribute towards a richer understanding of the text.

Keywords: change of mood; lament; psalms; Psalter

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