The Book of Psalms Through the Lens of Intertextuality

by Beth LaNeel Tanner (Author)
©2001 Monographs XVI, 210 Pages
Series: Studies in Biblical Literature, Volume 26


Even in an era of expanding methodologies for biblical studies, psalms study seems to be stuck in the old tracks of form criticism. While often beneficial, form criticism excludes two important ways of reading the psalms: that of reading the psalms with the narratives of the Hebrew Scriptures as the historical superscriptions suggest, and that of a feminist reading by expanding an exclusive focus on the cult. This book looks to correct these problems by investigating the psalms via intertextual method, both by seeing the psalms as intertextual – made up of a multitude of other texts – and by reading the psalms intertextually with texts outside the psalms. This book also introduces the reader to the variety of intertextual theories in the literary guild and develops an intertextual hermeneutic of biblical study based on these theories that bridges the gap between literary theory and the practice of biblical interpretation.


XVI, 210
ISBN (Hardcover)
form criticism feminist reading cult
New York, Bern, Berlin, Bruxelles, Frankfurt/M., Oxford, Wien, 2001. XVI, 210 pp.

Biographical notes

Beth LaNeel Tanner (Author)

The Author: Beth LaNeel Tanner is Assistant Professor of Old Testament at New Brunswick Theological Seminary and chairs the Book of Psalms Section in the Society of Biblical Literature. She received her Ph.D. in Bible from Princeton Theological Seminary. She has presented numerous papers on studies in biblical literature and has authored two articles on lament psalms.


Title: The Book of Psalms Through the Lens of Intertextuality