The Hebrew Bible: New Insights and Scholarship. Jewish Studies in the Twenty-First Century. Greenspan, Frederick E., ed. (NY: NYU Press, 2008. “There has been a veritable revolution, and possibly more than one, in biblical studies […]
“Israel’s earliest responses to earth-shaking changes were cast in the powerfully expressive language of poetry…”
Stowe explores Psalm 137 in three parts: History (“…there we sat and wept…”), Memory (“If I forget thee, Jerusalem…”), and Forgetting (“O daughter of Babylon, who art to be destroyed…”) with a strong emphasis on the psalm in music and popular culture.
Narratives of Genesis are tied up with historical places that carried specific meanings we will miss without some background on those ancient places.