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Wellhausen On The Psalms

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Wellhausen was a pastor's son, and had undoubtedly been thoroughly familiar with the Psalms from childhood. And the first lectures he heard given by his teacher the great and eccentric Heinrich Ewald were on Psalms. It was probably these lectures which directed the whole of his studies towards the Old Testament. As university teacher, he interpreted the Psalms five times in all between 1873 and 1898, in lectures of four to five hours weekly. But he came to feel that Psalms "were not well suited for interpretation in a four or five hour weekly lecture, because of their great similarity and their lack of a continuous context. When he was in Greifswald he took them as the subject for his Hebrew seminar classes. When Wellhausen occasionally translates a psalm, he does not set the verse lines over against each other, but prints the text continuously, as if it were prose.

Keywords: Hebrew; J. Wellhausen; Old Testament; Psalms

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