- the entrance: psalms 1 and 2 -
- a set of psalms of David - from 3 to 41 (only psalm 10 has no attribution but it is a continuation of the acrostic of psalm 9). Attributed to David are two psalms of special names: maskil - of insight, and miktam - inscribed (roughly).
- at the beginning of Book 2, we found a change in attribution (Korah) and a change in the divine name which will last to psalm 86 just before the end of Book 3.
- In the middle of Book 2 after a series by Korah (really including psalm 43 also) we pass the first of Asaph, a foretaste of what is to come in Book 3.
- But first there is a second set of psalms attributed to David. Five of these are miktamim, three of these and a fourth are headed with 'Do not destroy'. They are essential - not to be thrown out.
- These in turn surround a section of three unattributed harvest psalms 65, 66, 67. These, besides psalms 1 and 2, are the first group of unattributed psalms. There will be several more in books 4 and 5.
- Following the David group, Book 3 begins with Asaph and ends with Korah. Books 2 and 3 have a familiar sandwich pattern Korah - Asaph - David - harvest - David - Asaph - Korah.
- Book 3 will end with two maskilim one of Hayman and one of Ethan
- Book 4 begins with Moses - but we get ahead of ourselves
- Book 5 ends with David
- and all books end with praise. Psalm 149 closes what psalms 1 and 2 began. See also this image. Easier to see than to describe.
So far in book 3, we have summarized each psalm using words that are new keywords in that psalm
73 - how is the heart touched
74 - foolish, the burning of the assemblies
75 - the horn
76 - wearing the residue of human heat
77 - remembering the wonderful deeds - introduces psalm 78
78 - signs commanded, guiding a provocative people - anticipates psalms 105 and 106
I won't anticipate more of where we are going, because, though I have been there, I am seeing new things in every psalm because of this concentration on which recurring words are new. There's a monster diagram of these linked from the page defining the frames - under WIP above. This process is scheduled to be completed before the middle of September. It is I admit, a bit of a marathon.
The study of the psalms is very rewarding. I have found myself confronted by many if not most. Now it is joy to read them for a third time in Hebrew - it is still slow work even after 4 years of study, so don't be discouraged. Look up every word - who cares if it takes time. This is the dialogue between Father and Son - we eavesdrop and learn. The anointing drips from these words onto us - a precious oil. (Psalm 133). Soon I will see the dew of Herman and the mountains of Zion. (September in Oxford for a conference on the Psalms - then to Israel for 3 weeks.)