New Book about Psalm 82!
Divine Council, Ethics, and Resistance in Psalm 82 by Erica Mongé-Greer is out and available to order through Pickwick Publications, an imprint of Wipf and Stock Publishers.
Excerpt: Psalm 82 is a brief composition packed with language about justice that seeks to make things right for the poor and marginalized by admonishing the powerful. The poetic texture is reminiscent of other ancient Near Eastern cognate literature, poetic mythological texts that tell stories about the gods and their interactions. The text offers a glimpse into a society that is trying to sort out the identity of its inhabitants. Psalm 82 offers a perspective that pertains to those with power and authority and the very least of society’s members, the destitute and the have-nots.
The central text of the psalm draws a picture of expectation for right judgment, while the inner layers of the poem deal with the perversion of injustice and its consequences. The poem’s shape invites the reader to participate in the poetic narrative.
Check out Dr. Mongé-Greer’s blog at ScholarlyWanderlust.com.