By Martin Ravndal Hauge
As opposed to conventional cultic and sociological interpretations of the 'I' Psalms, this unique examine stresses the 'I' as a literary determine. but however, the historic curiosity of the conventional versions is retained, right here with emphasis on 'original' functionality and motive. there's a universal set of critical motifs with regards to the 'I'-figure, most simply discernible whilst bearing on different types of locality. The 'I' is depicted in a sacred panorama of contrasting localities-'Sheol' and 'Temple' hooked up by means of the concept that of 'Way'. This motif constitution deploys an ideological language within which the 'I' determine is an embodiment of a spiritual paradigm, that attests a strategy of actualization and integration. The religiosity of those texts is of a magical personality, pointing to a couple non secular perform of excessive own personality aimed toward adventure of a divine truth. without doubt the social situation of such adventure was once one of the elite, yet a few texts trace at a potential 'democratization' of the non secular perform they portray.
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Also to Mowinckel (cf. the preceding note), vv. 2-5 has the function normally expressed by enemy complaints. To M. 1-50 (AB; New York: Doubleday, 1966), p. 218, 'the coexistence of these literary types' (Wisdom elements, hymn, lament) 'points up the limitations of the form-critical approach'. 30. Weiser, Psalmen, p. 205, while 'there' usually is found to be meaningless in the context and most often emended according to Gunkel's proposal sdmemu, while Dahood, Psalms I, p. '. 50 Between Sheol and Temple The common structure must be important for the understanding of these texts.
12 is thus comparable to that of Ps. 13 in the context. 2. Psalms 84 and 36: The Paradigm 47 The meticulous composition of vv. 11-13 also stresses the impression of the I in this psalm as confessor. While the I of Psalm 140 is related to the evil as enemies, the relationship to the negative ideal in Psalm 84 is described by the I 'choosing' between the positive and negative ideal. With temple and the 'tents of evil' as two contrasted localizations for the I's 'staying', and the significance of the temple stressed by the rest of the psalm, the act of choosing represents an important act of confession.
Also this psalm is characterized by an urgent prayer v. 25 which seemingly disrupts a context of praise and thanksgiving. R. Hauge, 'Salme 118—initiasjon av en Rettferdig', AT7T82 (1983), pp. 101-17. 40 Between Sheol and Temple solved by the king of v. 8 Or simply, the I as described in the psalm might reflect a special cultic function9 or religious position10 where his intercession in favour of the king is relevant. Whatever the relationship between vv. 9 and 10, the prayer must be meaningful within a context of the I describing his relationship to the temple.