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Reading Psalms, and other urban poems, in a fractured city

Stephanus de Beer
Verbum et Ecclesia | Vol 36, No 1 | a1472 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.4102/ve.v36i1.1472 | © 2015 Stephanus de Beer | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 12 May 2015 | Published: 09 December 2015


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Abstract

This article was an attempt to (re-)read Psalms in the context of fractured cities, marked by socio-economic inequalities, woundedness, migration and exclusion. It explored urban motifs in selected psalms and considered their possible meanings in relation to both the socio-cultural contexts in which they were written but also how they could be read and understood today. It proposed the Psalms as urban poetry, and considered poems of praise, lament and resistance. It brought the Psalms into conversation both with


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