Andrea Hofmann, Psalmenrezeption in reformatorischem Liedgut. Entstehung, Gestalt und konfessionelle Eigenarten des Psalmliedes, 1523–1650 [Arbeiten zur Kirchen- und Theologiegeschichte 45]. Evangelische Verlagsanstalt, Leipzig 20172, 341 S. ISBN 9783374040650. € 68.The book under review surveys the reception history of the Psalm songs published in the German-speaking regions of Europe between 1523 and 1650. It is a lightly revised edition of a theological dissertation. The author is well-versed both in the history of German Psalters and in the theological, sociological, and liturgical discussions that surround this topic. The Forschungsbericht (pp. 14–29) is concise but covers the field. The book’s focus is essentially theological: The author wants to assess the roles that Psalm songs played in the age of Confessionalization, the period of growing tensions between the emerging Lutheran and Calvinist churches.The history of German Psalm songs starts in 1523 when Luther launched an appeal to his theologically trusted and literary gifted friends to join forces and make German versifications of biblical Psalms. Luther’s first aim was devotional and educational, but liturgical use was already in his thoughts. He included an example of what he had in mind, and deliberately or not, this set the standard model of what was to follow. Generally, scholars
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Published: Jan 1, 2018
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