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Old Testament Essays

On-line version ISSN 2312-3621
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POTGIETER, J. H. (Henk). Psalm 56 read within its literary context in the Psalter and its connections with King David. Old testam. essays [online]. 2015, vol.28, n.3, pp.760-776. ISSN 2312-3621.

The heading of Ps 56 connects the psalm with "David, " and specifically with the time when he was "seized" by the Philistines in Gath. The psalm can be described as a lament with a strong emphasis on trust in God and praise for his word. This article investigates the reasons why the editors made this connection with the experience of David and how the intertextual connections this heading creates modifies the hermeneutical horizon of the psalm. It is suggested that the psalm, in view of its heading, serves to exonerate David from the fear that he experienced according to 1 Sam 21:13. It also focuses the attention of its readers on the way in which David triumphed in a situation of unjust persecution through his trust in Yahweh in order to walk freely in praise of God.

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