This study is concerned with the manner in which the people of Israel took over cultural idioms in their praise of God, and with the transformation of the content of these idioms in the process. Samples of such idiomatic transpositions are selected from the Old Testament for treatment. An introductory chapter describes the author's method and approach, by way of a summary of the systems of Gunkel, Mowinckel, Wesier, Krauss, and others. Following chapters deal with the themes of God as Overlord; God as Cosmic King; God as Saviour; God as the Source of Wisdom; and Yahweh's Song in an Alien Age, which treats the problem of the meaning of these songs for our contemporary age. The work is substantially documented and the analyses of selected passages is discerning. While primarily a work for scholars and students, it can be stimulating and instructive to the non-professional reader. The author teaches in the Episcopal Theological School, at Cambridge, Massachusetts.