Abilene Campus (Residential)
Date of Award
Graduate School of Theology
Master of Arts
Committee Chair or Primary Advisor
John T. Willis
Second Committee Member or Secondary Advisor
David P. Wallace
Third Committee Member or Committee Reader
The most pervasive and enduring contribution of Hermann Gunkel's form-critical program for psalms studies is the insight that certain types of poems are particularly well suited to certain types of cultic occasions. One such occasion is the fulfillment of a vow, mentioned in eight psalms, one poem outside the book of Psalms and several other contexts. To date, however, a separate category of poems for vow fulfillment has not been widely recognized. The form-critical insight mentioned above raises the question whether there exists among Hebrew poems a genre of poems for vow fulfillment. The recurrence in the psalms of phrases in which a first person D form of the verb "fulfill," takes as its object a form of the noun נדר, "vow," further suggests the existence of a genre of poems for vow fulfillment. Such phrases appear in Psalms 22; 56; 61; 66; 116 and Jonah 2:3-10, making them candidates for inclusion in such a genre.
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Heard, R. Christopher, "Old Testament Poems for Vow Fulfillment: A Form-Critical and Theological Study" (1993). Digital Commons @ ACU, Electronic Theses and Dissertations. Paper 727.