CONTENTS OF INTRODUCTION, etc.
1. The expanded view of our object as students of the O.T. makes it the more necessary to test our foundations. The author's conclusion ; the two Psalters, both historically important.
2. Attempt to do justice to the traditional text (LXX. and Massoretic text) which represents the * newer Psalter.'
3. A revision of the text required, both from a practical and from a critical point of view.
4. The good which will result from it for the comprehension of the psalmists and of Biblical religion.
5. Special benefit to the later history of Israel. The N. Arabian theory. Musri and the Negeb.
6. The N. Arabian references in the psalms sometimes real, sometimes partly imaginative.
7. Are there any psalms which were composed in the Negeb ?
8. Influences which promoted a healthy religious development in spite of 'the N. Arabian danger.' Receptivity of the Jews. Historical value of the newer Psalter. Neither Psalter primarily a record of theology.
9. The N. Arabian oppression— its extent. Record of it in the Psalms.
10. Summary of contents of Psalter, showing the historical colouring.
11. How to begin the study of this book. Specimen psalms for the new background. Royal psalms. Psalms of immortality.
12. Study of the titles of the Psalms (and of the term Selah). Hopelessness of the problems, while the traditional text supplies the basis.
13. New attitude towards the problems ; new solutions.
14. Historical references appended to the titles.
15. True cause of the traditional assignment of so many pious songs to David. Jeduthun.
16. Grounds on which pre-exilic psalms are still assumed. Kautzsch.
17. Prof. Briggs on the study of the Minor Psalters. Modification of plan suggested.
18. Search for redactional mosaic work (Briggs and Peters). Radical criticism of the text a necessary preliminary.
19. Prospect of large reconstruction of current theories. Suggestion to impatient readers.
20. A sheaf of critical remarks for the more patient reader, i. Colophon in lxxii. 20. ii. The title, * Of Jerahmeel-ashhur.' iii. ' Songs of Degrees;' bearing of the revised title, iv. The 'Michtam* (' Maacathim') psalms.
21. v. The Elohistic Psalter— its true significance.
22. vi. Relation of the ' Chronicler ' to the Psalter.
23. vii. Maccabaean psalms.
24. * Psalms of Solomon.' True significance and relation to canonical psalms.
25. Controversy as to the ' I ' psalms ; bearing of the ' Psalms of Solomon* on this matter.
26. Poetical form of psalms. Metre ; strophes.
27. Treatment of the text in this edition.
Concluding Notice (pp. lxx. f.).
Abbreviations (pp. lxxii. f.).
Corrigenda and Addenda (pp. lxxiv. — lxxx.).