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By SAID,Mark S. Burrows

ISBN-10: 1612613675

ISBN-13: 9781612613673

SAID's ninety nine Psalms are poems of compliment and lament, of wondering and brooding about. within the culture of the Hebrew psalmist, they locate their voice in exile, as a consequence one who is either existential and geographical. His selection to incorporate ninety nine during this assortment remembers the traditional Muslim culture that ascribes ninety nine names to Allah, even though the "lord" whom this psalmist addresses isn't really bounded by means of this or the other spiritual culture. As psalms that flip to the "lord" with a lover's vulnerability, they stay away from each hint of sentimentality. particularly, they search to open us to the secret of human lifestyles, caution us of the problems we are facing in our makes an attempt to stay peaceably jointly in the course of our differences."These psalms sound the pressing want for revelation, implying a robust corrective to our glossy fabric lifestyles. it's a pleasure to witness the imaginative and prescient of such an arresting poet. it is a booklet to savor."-Maurice Manning, recipient of the 2009 Hanes Poetry Award from the Fellowship of...

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Yet it is just as true that these poems find their grounding in the three Abrahamic religious traditions, and surely this is another source of their allure. The choice of writing ninety-nine psalms will echo for Muslim readers the ancient tradition that Allah is known by precisely this number of names, while one—“the last / the hidden” [1]—remains ultimately beyond us and thus unknowable. Similarly, the story of Cain and Abel [95] finds a place here in a form reminiscent of the interpretive freedom of rabbinic midrash and its retelling in the Qur'an.

For this reason, they are the psalms we most need today, warning us against the dangers of “the songs of our solemn assemblies,” in the thundering words of the prophet Amos, as well as the banalities of misguided piety. SAID speaks courageously against the empty moralism so dominant in our culture. He turns a fearless voice against the deceit of those who judge others for the weaknesses they refuse to acknowledge in themselves—those blinding “shadows” of the psyche, in the language of psychoanalysis.

Because they insist on naming the often difficult story we encounter day by day in our lives, the one we face with all its duplicities in the shadows of our own hearts. A selective approach that would avoid such dark recesses, whether driven by fear or wishful thinking, is finally enervating because untrue—and thus unable to take account of the full range of our humanness. A word of caution, then, at the outset: these new psalms have something of the sharp and rough edge felt in the rhetoric of the ancient Hebrew Psalter.

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