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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 | a1126 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.4102/ve.v18i1.1126 | © 1997 D. G. Firth | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 19 July 1997 | Published: 19 July 1997

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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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