Although a number of scholars have criticised Casetti's analysis of Psalm
49. Zenger and Bossfeld employed his ideas in their recent commentary on
the Psalms. According to these scholars the psalm consists of two distinct
layers: a basic pessimistic psalm to which a second author later added two
further strophes and an introduction. The basic psalm reflects the tone of
the Book of Qohelet, but probably originated prior to that book as it does
not reflect a hellenistic background. This article argues that the psalm
should be read with the aid of Albertz' description of the social situation in
Judaea during the fifth century BCE. There is no basis for splitting the
psalm into two layers. Rather, Psalm 49 addresses two segments of the
Judaean upper class.
Continued 2001 as 'Verbum et Ecclesia'
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