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The Real Meaning of Genre: Some Thoughts & a Cautionary Tale
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Introduction: There are those writers-especially writers of books telling the rest of us how to read this or that kind of material (i.e., genre)-and that without knowing the genre of a work we can't "truly" understand or appreciate it, and are in fact prone to misinterpret it. This has become almost a dictum of biblical interpretation, especially in the Psalter, where numerous books on the hermeneutics [interpretation] of the psalms warn that the first step in understanding a psalm is to determine its genre. ...