Author(s)Philippus J. Botha
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AbstractThis 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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The psalter, or, Psalms of David paraphras'd in verse set to new tunes and so design'd that by two tunes onely the whole number of psalms (four onely excepted) may be sung, one of which tunes is already known (being the usual tune of the C. psalm) : the other tunes onely are new, but any one of them being learnt all the other psalms may be sung by that one onely tune : as on the contrary any one psalm may be sung by all the new tunes, so that a greater facility for those who are less able to sing, or a greater variety for those who are more able, cannot reasonably be desired or afforded / by Richard Goodridge.Goodridge, Richard. (Oxford :: Printed by L. Lichfield ... for Jo. Crosley,Ann Arbor, Michigan: University of Michigan, Digital Library Production Service, 1684), 169 [i.e. 270],  p.
Gospel musick, or, The singing of Davids psalms, &c. in the publick congregations, or private families asserted, and vindicated, against a printed pamphlet, entitled, Certain reasons by way of confutation of singing psalms in the letter, objections sent in, in writing, scruples of some tender consciences by thy loving brother, N.H., D.D., M.M.S. ; vnto which is added, the iudgement of our worthy brethren of New-England touching singing of psalms, as it is learnedly and gravely set forth in their preface to the Singing psalms, by them translated into metre.Homes, Nathanael, 1599-1678. (London :: Printed for Henry Overton ...,Ann Arbor, Michigan: University of Michigan, Digital Library Production Service, 1644), 30 p.
Ethics of the Psalms : Psalm 16 within the context of Psalms 15-24Groenewald, Alphonso, 1969- (Unisa Press, 2010-02-10)The values and norms of the Old Testament are not in themselves the proprium of Hebrew ethics, since every one of them also features in other ancient cultures such as Egypt, Mesopotamia and Greece. Rather, the centre of Hebrew ethics should be sought in the idealistic framework and structure which legitimises its values and norms. The temple theology in Jerusalem was firmly connected to the theme of ethical norms and values, which presumably originated in Yahweh as the divine king. Psalms 15 and 24 demonstrate the ethical dimension of the temple theology of Jerusalem. In Book I of the Psalter Psalm 16 belongs to the compositional unit which starts with Psalm 15 and ends with Psalm 24. Although Psalm 16 does not belong to the traditional category of the wisdom psalms, wisdom terminology permeates this psalm. This paper focuses on the ethical implications of Psalm 16, as well as the ways in which they link to other psalms on a compositional level.