|David and the animals - asheri the first word of the psalter|
John Sawyer reminded me of the rumour I had heard when I was young that the inscriptions on the psalms are not inspired. It seems that REB originally left them out for these reasons given by G.R.Driver
- the musical instruction is not understood
- they are frequently incorrect or out of context
- they are likely not original
|Orpheus and the animals|
|Jesus and the sheep|
Against these thoughts, he asked what do the images tell us about reception history? And what did Christian art do? Replace the harp with a cross and the animals with sheep - Psalms 23, 100, 78, 79. Qumran has its own version: Psalm 151 contains these words of David: the trees parse my words and the flocks my deeds (in a Hebrew version from the DSS 11a psalms a).
Day 2 is half over as I write this - my notes are accumulating. More reflections to come still on Day 1.