The twelve Psalms attributed to Asaph reflect both elements of theological unity and diversity. Both their unified elements and divergent emphases have been explained in various ways. This paper argues that the Asaph psalms grew out of two contexts of crisis: the Assyrian invasion and Babylonian exile. With these contexts in mind, this paper utilizes a Social Identity Approach to analyze the function of the Asaphite psalms in shaping group identity in light of traumatic events.
Cook, Ryan J.
"Social Identity in Crisis: Toward a Theology of the Psalms of Asaph,"
The Asbury Theological Journal:
2, p. 245-266.
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