Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Journal of Hebrew Scriptures - Volume 11 (2011)

Journal of Hebrew Scriptures - Volume 11: Article 10 (2011)

Robert E. Wallace, "The Narrative Effect of Psalms 84–89"


As the reader encounters Book III of the Psalter, the disorientation of
exile challenges the psalmists' attempts to find hope in traditional
elements of faith. Within a canonical context of exile, the hymns of
celebration found in Pss 84–89 become ironic expressions of a grieving
Israel looking to reorient their theology by appealing to Temple, land, and
Davidic covenant. Those traditional elements, however, are no longer capable
of providing hope. This prepares the reader for return to Moses and Mosaic
covenant in Book IV. Davidic kingship and Zion gives way to Yahweh as king,
enthroned forever.

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