Old Testament Essays
On-line version ISSN 2312-3621
Print version ISSN 1010-9919
LOMBAARD, Christo. Mysticism and understanding: Murmurs of meaning(fulness) - unheard silences of Psalm 1. Old testam. essays [online]. 2014, vol.27, n.2, pp.472-488. ISSN 2312-3621.
In this paper, two contributions are made. First, the aspect of faith impulses behind the text of Ps 1 are traced, also as an indication of this aspect being overlooked in recent research reviews on Psalter scholarship. Second, the seeming oversimplification of questions of theodicy in this Psalm is characterised here as not ignorance on the part of its author/s, but as taking a considered stance within a highly complex philosophical-theological debate within post-exilic Israel. Such a realisation however requires careful "listening" to the implied religious situation to which the text spoke, an exercise which is methodologically difficult, yet which is historically and theologically important.