SciELO - Scientific Electronic Library Online

vol.24 issue1A new interpretation of Qohelet 10:10An African bible for African readers: J. G. Shembe's use of the Bible in the sermon author indexsubject indexarticles search
Home Pagealphabetic serial listing  

Services on Demand



Related links

  • On index processCited by Google
  • On index processSimilars in Google


Old Testament Essays

On-line version ISSN 2312-3621
Print version ISSN 1010-9919


SCHEFFLER, Eben H.. Pleading poverty (or identifying with the poor for selfish reasons): On the ideology of Psalm 109. Old testam. essays [online]. 2011, vol.24, n.1, pp.192-207. ISSN 2312-3621.

In this article the popular view that the "voice of the poor" is expressed in the Psalms (the so-called Armenfrömmigkeit) is challenged. Although the psalms contain many references in which a positive concern for the extremely poor are expressed, this is not always the case. Psalm 109 is discussed as an example in which the supplicant identifies with the poor for his own interest. It is argued that the reader of the psalms should not merely accept that all references to the poor in the psalms could (from a hermeneutical perspective) positively be appropriated. "Pleading poverty" to selfishly justify feelings of enmity should be exposed in the psalms-not only for honesty's sake, but also for the sake of the really poor.

        · text in English     · English ( pdf )


Creative Commons License All the contents of this journal, except where otherwise noted, is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution License