Campus Location

Abilene Campus (Residential)

Date of Award


Document Type



Graduate School of Theology

Degree Name

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

A. Resner


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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