Monday, June 25, 2012

Messing around with genre as inscribed

Working only with the Hebrew - the question is - do the genres in the inscriptions form a pattern? Here is the raw data [updated].
........Book 1..................Book 2..................Book 3..................Book 4..................Book 5.........
1-2 no genre
3-6 psalm
7 reel
8-9 (10psalm
11 no genre
12-13 psalm
14 no genre
15 psalm
16 miktam
17 prayer
18 no genre
19-24 psalm
25-28 no genre
29 psalm
30 songpsalm
31 psalm
32 insight
33,34,35 no genre
36 oracle
37 no genre
38-41 psalm
42 (43) 44-45 insight
46 song
47 psalm
48 song, psalm
49-51 psalm
52-55 insight
56-60 miktam
61 no genre
62-64 psalm
65 psalmsong
66  songpsalm
67 no genre
68 psalm
69-72 no genre
73 psalm
74 insight
75-76 psalmsong
77 psalm
78 insight
79 psalm
80 testimony, psalm
81 no genre
82-85 psalm
86 prayer
87 psalmsong
88 songpsalm, insight
89 insight
90 prayer
91 no genre
92  psalmsong
93-97 no genre
98 psalm
99 no genre
100-101 psalm
102 prayer
103-106 no genre
107 no genre
108 songpsalm
109 psalm
110 oracle,  psalm
111,112,113-119 no genre
120-134 song
135-138 no genre
139-141 psalm
142 insight
143 psalm
144 no genre
145 praise
146-150 no genre





Notes and observations:
several have double even triple genre
No prayer in Book 2
The prayers of Book 4 are a significant frame for that book.
No insight (maskil, Kimhi : a poem requiring an interpreter) in Book 4
psalm 14 the double of psalm 53 - one is an insight but the other is not
Miktamim (gold, inscribed, atonement ?) only in Books 1 and 2
Analysis could be impacted by the placement of acrostics (in bold)

A side note re inscriptions: Kimhi cites the tradition that ‘of David : a Psalm signifies that the Holy Spirit rested upon him, and (then) afterwards he uttered a Psalm while a Psalm of David signifies that he uttered a Psalm and (then) afterwards the Holy Spirit rested upon him’. See Psalms 24, 40, 68, 101, 109, 110, 139. That these are the 7 psalms that are marked in this way is an argument in favour of Kimhi’s comment.