Sing Unto God a New Song

9780253333414: Hardback
Release Date: 22nd March 1995

Dimensions: 152 x 229

Number of Pages: 300

Series Indiana Studies in Biblical Literature

Indiana University Press

Sing Unto God a New Song

A Contemporary Reading of the Psalms

Hardback / £34.00

... [a] brilliant study... a valuable addition to the literature on the Psalms." —Indiana University Jewish Studies Program

A superbly interesting book on the Psalms. Levine understands the relationship between literary and religious questions and uses an impressive array of tools to get at them. His sophisticated methods of reading are presented in clear and often elegant writing."—Arthur Green, Brandeis University

... offers some remarkable new angles on familiar material. Literary and religious insights are not often woven together so closely as they are here." —Theological Book Review

The arrival of Herbert Levine’s Sing Unto God a New Song came as both a surprise and a pleasure. It is full of absorbing insights.... This is a rich book which is concerned with not only the theory but also the practice of reading the same psalms in several different ways." —Church Times

This reading of the Psalms, from the twin perspectives of poetry and ritual, is quite an achievement: it is deeply Jewish and religious while, at the same time, profoundly scholarly." —Journal for the Study of the Old Testament

Drawing on a variety of critical perspectives, Herbert Levine offers revelatory readings of one of the most familiar and best loved books of the Bible.


I. From Tradition to Modernity: Toward a Contemporary Approach to the Psalms
II. The World of the Psalms: The Perspective of Ritual
III. An Audience with the King: The Perspective of Dialogue
IV. From Here to Eternity: The Perspectives of Time and Space
V. Through the Valley of the Shadow of Death and Beyond: The Psalms and Jewish National Catastrophe

Works Cited
Index to Scriptural and Rabbinic Passages
General Index

Herbert J. Levine received his Ph.D. in English from Princeton University. He taught for 15 years in the Department of English at Franklin and Marshall College and also taught Bible at the Reconstructionist Rabbinical College. He is the author of Yeats's Daimonic Renewal, another work that addresses the intersecting concerns of spirituality and poetics.