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Gregory Of Nyssa: The Superscriptions Of The Psalms

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Among the works of the fourth-century theologian, Gregory of Nyssa, is a treatment of the superscriptions that appear at the beginning of most of the Psalms. Gregory's Psalms study consists of two parts. In first part, he seeks first of all to identify the aim of the Psalter, which he finds revealed in the very first word of Psalm 1, 'ašrê, "blessed". In the second part of the treatise, Gregory turns to the inscriptions or superscriptions of the Psalms. There he first discusses and interprets the superscriptions at some length and then turns to ask about the psalms that have no superscriptions. Finally he discusses a number of psalms at some length in the context of the question about why the order of some psalms - according to their superscriptions - is at variance with the historical record as we know it from other books.

Keywords: Gregory of Nyssa; Psalms; Psalter; superscriptions



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