HTS Theological Studies
On-line version ISSN 2072-8050
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POTGIETER, J. Henk. The profile of the rich antagonist and the pious protagonist in Psalm 52. Herv. teol. stud. [online]. 2013, vol.69, n.1, pp.01-07. ISSN 2072-8050.
In this article, a stichometric and poetic analysis of Psalm 52 is offered which forms the basis for a description of the character of the rich but crooked antagonist and the pious protagonist in the psalm. The profile of the pious in the psalm emerges largely as the inverse of the inclination and actions of the arrogant, rich antagonist who is addressed in the greater part of the psalm. The psalm is also read and interpreted against the background of the book of Psalms as a whole to argue that Psalm 52 is actually describing the opposition between the righteous and the wicked as it is typically found in Wisdom psalms.