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Title: Psalm 95
Subtitle: Text, Context, and Intertext
Author(s): TUCKER, W. Dennis
Journal: Biblica
Volume: 81    Issue: 4   Date: 2000   
Pages: 533-541
DOI: 10.2143/BIB.81.4.3200458

Abstract :
In a previous issue of Biblica (76 [1995] 540-550) W.H. Schniedewind argued that Ps 100 had a major influence on the psalmist who wrote Ps 95. In this study, I argue for a diachronic approach to intertextuality, which examines both the literary and the social environment. I contend that the two together actually create an intertextual hermeneutic which allows the psalmist to incorporate previous traditions and texts in such a way as to address changing social and religious demands. Based on citation, allusion and reversal, I contend that the psalmist of Ps 95 did in fact incorporate element of Ps 100, but in addition, the psalmist added the Massah-Meribah tradition, while adding a deuteronomic slant to the psalms. The use of the Massah-Meribah tradition along the deuteronomic influences, created a psalm that would have been particularly appropriate for a community still reeling from the devastation of exile.

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