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SNYMAN, S.D.. An investigation into the theological message and preaching of Psalm 117. In Skriflig (Online) [online]. 2011, vol.45, n.1, pp.25-37. ISSN 2305-0853.

Psalm 117 is at the same a well-known and an unknown psalm. It is well-known as the shortest psalm in the Psalter, but there actually is remarkable little theological reflection on the psalm. To answer the question about the theological message of the psalm, it is subjected to an exegetical investigation giving attention to matters such as the extent of the psalm, text-critical questions, structural features, literary genre, "Sitz im Leben", dating, the use of traditional material, et cetera. The exegetical details lead to a theological conclusion where it was found that the steadfast love and faithfulness of Yahweh experienced by his people in history serve as the reason why foreign nations are called upon to praise Him. The psalm probably originated in an exilic situation, reflects on the past and motivates people towards a future where Yahweh's love and faithfulness will once again be experienced by his people.

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