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The rising of dawn - an investigation of the spatial and religious background of "dawn" in psalm 139:7-12

01 Jan 2011-Journal for Semitics (UNISA Press)-Vol. 20, Iss: 2, pp 546-561
TL;DR: In this article, a comparison between Psalm 139:7-12 in the Old Testament and mythological imagery in the ancient Near East is made to get a better understanding of the religious background of shahar in this text.
Abstract: This paper focuses on the meaning of shahar ( ) in Psalm 139:7-12. A comparison will be made between Psalm 139:7-12 in the Old Testament and mythological imagery in the ancient Near East to get a better understanding of the religious background of shahar in this text. The investigation of the religious background of "dawn" helps to understand how the negative feeling of the one praying in Psalm 139 is transformed into positive imagery. Like the flying deity Shahar, YHWH is not bound to one realm, emphasizing that one cannot hide from YHWH. The same image can be used for the one praying in Psalm 139. Using spatial orientation in Psalm 139:7-12, the idea is further illustrated by concluding that God is present in all the realms. Ancient Near Eastern vertical and horizontal orientation will be utilised to illustrate how the focus in the psalm falls upon YHWH's omnipresence.

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TL;DR: In this article, an intertextual comparison is made between Pss 88 and 139 on the theme and use of the concept of "darkness" in the two psalms.
Abstract: In this article an intertextual comparison is made between Pss 88 and 139 on the theme and use of the concept of “darkness.” In the meta-narrative of the shape and shaping of the Psalter, these two psalms are counterpointed to each other. Psalm 88 is traditionally viewed as an individual lament of a person who is sick, dying or facing death. Darkness is a prominent theme in this psalm, with a situation of hopelessness in the exilic period. In contrast, darkness is portrayed differently in Psalm 139, where a different message for the post-exilic period is presented in the meta-narrative. Psalm 139, from the perspective of YHWH as creator, can be interpreted as a ritual or individual meditative confession after some sort of possible trial period. To gain a better understanding on the use of darkness in these two psalms, the theme is analysed from the perspective of anthropological space. https://doi.org/10.17159/2312-3621/2019/v32n2a16

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TL;DR: A reworked version of aspects from the PhD dissertation of Lodewyk Sutton, titled, "A Trilogy of War and Renewed Honour? Psalms 108, 109 and 110 as a Literary Composition" is presented in this article.
Abstract: This article represents a reworked version of aspects from the PhD dissertation of Lodewyk Sutton, titled, ‘A Trilogy of War and Renewed Honour? Psalms 108, 109 and 110 as a Literary Composition’, in the Department of Old Testament Studies, University of Pretoria, with Prof. Dr Dirk Human as supervisor. (http://hdl.handle.net/2263/50795)

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