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An ideal for leadership - Psalm 72: The (wise) king - Royal mediation of God’s universal reign

D. J. Human
Verbum et Ecclesia | Vol 23, No 3 | a1230 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.4102/ve.v23i3.1230 | © 2002 D. J. Human | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 07 August 2002 | Published: 07 August 2002

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Abstract

Psalm 72 propounds illuminating theological perspectives on leadership. The central figure in the psalm is the king. Throughout the Ancient Near East the king played a distinctive role, not only in contemporary politics, but also in religious life. Despite several differences from the other nations, kingship in Israel was rooted in the worldview of the ancient East. Yahweh, like other gods, commissioned the king for his tasks. The wise king in Israel, who alludes in Psalm 72 to the figure of Solomon, is obliged to rule with justice in order to maintain peace and prosperity in society.

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