By Moshe Greenberg
The Psalms are the simplest recognized and most generally used prayer texts of the Bible. however the prayers of the Israelite took one other shape: the prose prayers that we discover embedded in biblical narrative. Prose prayer was once spoken by means of people of all ranks. female and male, Israelite and foreigner, all loved equivalent entry to God. The pervasiveness and spontaneity of this prayer, self sustaining because it used to be of the constitution and taboos of formal worship, became it right into a criterion for sincerity either in kin with God and in these between human beings.Greenberg reveals during this wealthy lifetime of deepest prayer a environment for the excessive spiritual ideas--and the scathing critique of worship--that characterised the "genius" of the prophets of the 8th and 9th centuries B.C. His compact and masterful research, initially the 1981-1982 Taubman Lectures at Berkeley, indicates an evidence for the extraordinary democratization of worship in post-biblical Judaism.
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24:27): barukformula: Blessed be YHWH, (epithet:) God of my lord Abraham, ground: who has not relinquished his constancy and his fidelity toward my lord: (detail:) as I was on the way, YHWH led me to the house of my lord's kin. Scriptural characters experience any fortunate turn of events, any unexpected good, any successful issue of a momentous undertaking as a benevolent action of God on their affairs, and their regular, grateful response is by benediction. It is a testimony to the author's perception of the happy event as a gift of God, a testimony gratefully offered in public for the greater glory of God.
Among these, the moral status of the speaker in the estimate of the one addressed, and his sincerity, play a crucial role. 23:7 describes the miserly host thus: "'Eat and drink' he will say, but his heart is not with you"—his profession is insincere. We speak of pouring out our guts to someone and mean the same: to expose one's innermost being, revealing its secret concerns without reservation, without withholding anything—to speak all that is in one's mind with utter sincerity and candor. References to the involvement of the heart in prayer occur even more frequently in the "higher" literature of the Bible—the prophetic, poetic and wisdom books.
In social relations like appeals to like; can it be other in relation to God? ): Page 55 I hate, I despise your feasts, I will not accept your assemblies; If you give me whole offerings, And your meal offerings I will not accept, Nor will I look at your fattened peaceofferings. Take away from me the din of your songs; I will not listen to the melody of your lyres. But let justice flow like water And righteousness like a powerful stream. ): What do your many sacrifices mean to me, says YHWH? .
Biblical Prose Prayer: As a Window to the Popular Religion of Ancient Israel by Moshe Greenberg