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Responses to violence in some lament Psalms of the individual

D.G. Firth
Verbum et Ecclesia | Skrif en Kerk: Vol 17, No 2 | a520 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.4102/ve.v17i2.520 | © 1996 D.G. Firth | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 21 April 1996 | Published: 21 April 1996

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Abstract

Responses to violence in some lament Psalms of  the individual Lament psalms  of  the  individual  that  reflect a motif of violence  are  here examined so as  to determine whether or not the editors of  the Psalter had a pattern  of instruction  that  they  wished  to  inculcate  with  respect  to  the experience  of violence.  An  examination  of prayers  of the  accused  and prayers of  sickness as sub-groups within  the Gattung  indicates the presence of  such a pattern,  and suggests  that the  editors wished to model a pattern that rejects  the  right of  human  retribution.  This pattern  needs  to  be  tested further  through  an  examination  of a  third  sub-group,  the  prayers  for protection.

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