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Interpreting 'Torah' in Psalm 1 in the light of Psalm 119

08 Nov 2012-Hts Teologiese Studies-theological Studies (AOSIS Open Journals)-Vol. 68, Iss: 1, pp 1-7
TL;DR: In this paper, it was argued that Psalm 37 and Proverbs 1-4 served as sources for the composition of Psalm 1, and that the emphasis in both donor texts on the righteous people's inheriting the Promised Land seems to have imprinted also on Psalm1, a factor that could change our understanding of it.
Abstract: This article argued that Psalm 37 and Proverbs 1–4 served as sources for the composition of Psalm 1. The emphasis in both donor texts on the righteous people’s inheriting the Promised Land seems to have imprinted also on Psalm 1, a factor that could change our understanding of it. All three contexts in turn played a role in the composition of Psalm 119, but whilst the author of this long psalm also understood the ‘Torah’ of Yahweh as the incarnation of true wisdom, it seems that ‘Torah’ also subsumed the Promised Land for him. The investigation showed that ‘Torah’ in Psalm 1 should be understood as an arch-lexeme for all the religious texts its author used to compose, similar to what was the understanding of the author of Psalm 119 a little later.
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TL;DR: In the beginning, why don't you try to acquire something basic in the beginning? That's something that will guide you to comprehend even more almost the globe, experience, some places, in the manner of history, amusement, and a lot more?
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TL;DR: In this paper, the focus is narrowed to the more specific aspect of mysticism within Spirituality Studies, and the methodological parameters required to understand such texts on their own terms are discussed.
Abstract: This contribution is the second in a series on methodology and Biblical Spirituality. In the first article, ‘Biblical spirituality and interdisciplinarity: The discipline at cross-methodological intersection’, the matter was explored in relationship to the broader academic discipline of Spirituality. In this contribution, the focus is narrowed to the more specific aspect of mysticism within Spirituality Studies. It is not rare for Old Testament texts to be understood in relationship to mystical contexts. One the one hand, when Old Testament texts are interpreted from a mystical perspective, the methods with which such interpretations are studied are familiar. The same holds true, on the other hand, if texts in the Old Testament, dating from the Hellenistic period, are identified as mystic. However, African mission history has taught us that the Western interpretative framework, based on ancient Greek philosophical suppositions (most directly the concepts rendered by Plato and Aristotle) and rhetorical orientations, is so strong that it transposes that which it encounters in other cultures into its terms, thus rendering the initial cultural understandings inaccessible. This is precisely the case too with Old Testament texts dating from pre-Hellenistic times, identified as mystic. What are the methodological parameters required to understand such texts on their own terms? In fact, is such an understanding even possible?

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TL;DR: In this paper, a discussion of the role of the word "broadness" in the Hebrew Bible is presented, and it is argued that Rahab is linguistically and thematically linked to these acts, and that through her Joshua 2 offers a midrash on Joshua 1.
Abstract: Abstract As many native women in conquest accounts (historical and fictional), Rahab in Joshua 2 is often “hypersexualised” in biblical scholarship. One narrative detail gratuitously read in sexual terms is her name, Rahab, which is linked to the idea of “broadness.” Traditionally, “Rahab” is read as a harsh nickname highlighting the woman’s occupation, prostitution, or as a reference to her genitals. Against these readings, this discussion considers the language of “broadness” in biblical profiles of the Promised Land and the Torah, key motifs from Joshua 1–2, and demonstrates that the trope of “broadness/spaciousness” constitutes the rhetoric of liberation in the Hebrew Bible. That is, God is often cast as someone who brings afflicted/landless people to a broad locale or “broadens/enlarges” their hearts through his Torah. Since Rahab is linguistically and thematically linked to these acts, it is argued that through her Joshua 2 offers a midrash on Joshua 1. That is, from within Canaan, her name reverberates God’s earlier promises to Israel (“he [God] has created a wide expanse”) and she, herself, models a life informed by the Torah (vv. 9–12). Arguably, through her, Joshua 2 also offers a microcosm of YHWH’s own nature and modus operandi in the world.

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TL;DR: Ps 40:2-12 is a response to Ps 69 similar to its response to Psalm 18 as discussed by the authors, and the influence of Pss 18 and 69 appear in Ps 40:13.
Abstract: Ps 40,2-12 constitue une reponse au Ps 69 dans la ligne du Ps 18. L'influence des Ps 18 et 69 apparait encore en Ps 40,13. Ps 40,14-18 reprend de maniere presque equivalente le Ps 70. Ps 68,20-22.24 est deja applique a David en Ps 18,1.38-39.51. Le Ps 40 est egalement connecte au Pentateuque particulierement Lv 23 et au livre des Proverbes. L'influence messianique du Ps 18 se fait egalement sentir dans le Ps 110 et en Nb 24. Ps 40:2-12 is a response to Ps 69 similar to its response to Psalm 18. The influence of Pss 18 and 69 appear in Ps 40:13. Verses 14-18 is presented in a way that is quite similar to Ps 70. Ps 68:20-22, 24 is applied to David similarly to Ps 18:1-38, 39 and 51. Ps 40 is equally connected to the Pentateuch, especially Lev 23. It is also linked to Proverbs. The messianic influence of Ps 18 is felt in Ps 110 and Num 24.
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TL;DR: In this paper, the late Samuel Terrien brings together a lifetime of scholarship on the book of Psalms, long the wellspring of Jewish spirituality as well as the main hymnal of the Christian church.
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TL;DR: In the beginning, why don't you try to acquire something basic in the beginning? That's something that will guide you to comprehend even more almost the globe, experience, some places, in the manner of history, amusement, and a lot more?
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