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Title: The Role of Space in the שירי המעלות (Psalms 120-134)
Author(s): PRINSLOO, Gert T.M.
Journal: Biblica
Volume: 86    Issue: 4   Date: 2005   
Pages: 457-477
DOI: 10.2143/BIB.86.4.3191725

Abstract :
This study reads the Songs of Ascents (Psalms 120-134) from the perspective of the concept of 'space' and argues that they form as a single, interrelated unit that tells a meaningful 'story'. By applying the principles of 'critical spatiality' the spatial orientation of each poem is analysed. The conclusion is reached that the poems can be grouped together in five triads of three poems each. By mapping "space" and relating it to the content of the poems in the context of Book V of the Psalter, the 'story' of these poems can be discerned. It is a meaningful story with a sad beginning but a happy end. The happy end resides especially in the expectation that YHWH 'ascends' with his people towards the eschathological and Messianic future.

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