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Psalm 91 and its Wisdom Connections

01 Jan 2012-Old Testament essays (Old Testament Society of South Africa)-Vol. 25, Iss: 2, pp 260-276

AbstractThe paper investigates the literary and theological provenance of Ps 91. It is shown that Ps 91 (in its present form) was composed by someone who had access to Proverbs, in particular Prov 3, while Ps 91 itself played a role in the composition of Job 5:17–26. As part of the “triptych” formed by Pss 90, 91 and 92, the psalm was intended to strengthen the conviction of its author that Yahweh is able and willing to provide protection to the individual believer who attaches himself or herself wholeheartedly to his or her God, saving the true and wise believer from the fate that will befall the wicked fools.

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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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  • ...In this regard, the most comprehensive investigation probably is the study of Weber (2007:179–200). He focuses on the influence of Deuteronomy 6:4–9 as key con text, recognisable through the use of certain terms and the theme of memorising the Torah. Cf. also Weber (2006:89–92). The influence of other biblical contexts has (inter alia) been investigated in the studies of Creach (1999), Botha (2005), Weber (2006) and Weber (2010)....


  • ...…Bernard Gosse (2008:51–210) and my own more modest investigations into Psalm 12 (Botha 2012b:260– 276), Psalm 24 (Botha 2010:43–58), Psalm 26 (Botha 2011a:30−48), Psalm 31 (Botha 2011b:424–442), Psalm 33 (Botha & Potgieter 2010:1−8), Psalm 34 (Botha 2008:18−37), and Psalm 91 (Botha 2012b:260−276)....


  • ...Reference can be made to the important contribution of Bernard Gosse (2008:51–210) and my own more modest investigations into Psalm 12 (Botha 2012b:260– 276), Psalm 24 (Botha 2010:43–58), Psalm 26 (Botha 2011a:30−48), Psalm 31 (Botha 2011b:424–442), Psalm 33 (Botha & Potgieter 2010:1−8), Psalm 34…...


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Abstract: Ausgehend von der virulenten Fragestellung nach der Intertextualitat, ihren Moglichkeiten, Methoden und Herausforderungen, werden die Belege des (Kriegs-)Bogens (קשת ) in den Asaph-Psalmen (Ps 76; 78) und in der Hosea-Schrift (Hos 1–2; 7) einer vergleichenden Analyse unterzogen. Die Untersuchung zeigt weitgehende Ubereinstimmungen und verweist auf ein gemeinsames, prophetisch-levitisch-nordreich-israelitisch gepragtes Umfeld. Wahrscheinlich sind die Bogen-Belege in den Asaph-Psalmen unter Kenntnis der Hosea-Stellen formuliert worden.Starting from the questioning of intertextuality, its possibilities, methods and challenges, the evidence of the (war) bow (קשת ) in the Asaph psalms (Ps 76; 78) and in the Hosea script (Hos 1-2; 7) is subjected to a comparative analysis. The study shows broad similarities and refers to a common prophetic-levitic-northern Israelite environment. Probably the arch documents in the Asaph psalms were formulated with knowledge of the Hosea passages.

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Abstract: The middle section of the Hebrew Psalter has long been regarded as an inspiring anthology of ancient religious poetry. Within this part of the Sepher Tehillim or Book of Praises, are 11 of the 12 psalms of Asaph (73-83), one of Solomon's two (72), the sole offerings of Ethan (89) and Moses (90), and four of the songs ascribed to the sons of Korah-not to mention the many assigned to David. Dr. Marvin Tate's distinctive commentary traces all the biographical, historical, literary, and practical concepts of these middle psalms and demonstrates how the purpose of each one unfolds. Psalms 51-100, Volume 20 of the Word Biblical Commentary series, furnishes readers with a wealth of information: a thorough, up-to-date bibliography preceding each psalm the author's fresh translation of the Hebrew text Form/Structure/Setting notes which expand the translation extensive comments on the text explanations of the pertinent observations of the author Dr. Tate has also attempted to present various views of passages in which differences of opinion exist. This work, the middle commentary of Word Biblical Commentary's three-volume study of the Psalter, mirrors the opposing emotions so often evident in life: sorrow-joy, love-hate, and faith-fear. A careful reading of Psalms 51-100 will stimulate a deeper appreciation for this religious poetry while augmenting the value of personal Bible study.

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