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Title: Zur Datierung der Asaph-Psalmen 74 und 79
Author(s): WEBER, Beat
Volume: 81 Issue: 4 Date: 2000
This article re-examines the dating of two Psalms of lamentat (74 and 79) in the light of the Exile. The author’s work on the Psalms of Asaph (76, 77 and 78) convinced him that these psalms result from the events which occurred around 721 B.C. (the fall of the Northern Kingdom) and around 701 B.C. (the Assyrian attack on Jerusalem), especially because the Asaph Psalms not only appear to have been compiled but also show a strong group identity. This re-examination shows that Psalm 74, just like Psalms 76-78, which were studied previously, dates from the time of the Assyrian hegemony and that this Psalm laments the destruction of the sanctuaries in the Northern Kingdom (especially at Bethel). On the other hand the exilic origin of Psalm 79 is to be maintained. The author of Psalm 79 was acquainted with Psalm 74, which had been re-interpreted in the Exile, and was likewise in contact with the Asaph guild, namely with those who were responsible for the exilic composition of their psalm group.