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Context and violence in individual prayers for protection

D. G. Firth

Verbum et Ecclesia; Skrif en Kerk: Vol 18, No 1 (1997), 86-96. doi: 10.4102/ve.v18i1.1126

Submitted: 19 July 1997
Published:  19 July 1997


The individual prayers for protection within the Psalter are marked by a consistency in terms of the context supposed and the nature of violence experienced by the psalmists. Consistently, these psalms also assert that the right to retributive violence against the enemies belongs to Yahweh alone. Such a consistent pattern indicates that those responsible for assembling the Book of Psalms intended to model this as the appropriate response for the faithful.

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D. G. Firth, Department of Old Testament, University of Pretoria, South Africa



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