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Old Testament Essays

versão On-line ISSN 2312-3621
versão impressa ISSN 1010-9919

Old testam. essays vol.21 no.2 Pretoria  2008

 

YHWH Loves Zion - Zion loves YHWH: An exploration of the workings of ancient near eastern social values in Psalm 87

 

 

Nicolene Rautenbach

University of Pretoria1

Correspondence

 

 


ABSTRACT

Psalm 87 is widely regarded as being notoriously problematic, posing difficulties on all levels. Despite all of the uncertainties that exegetes have regarding this psalm, almost all agree that the psalm deals with Zion acting as mother city. This article attempts to shed new light on the problem of Psalm 87 by examining it in its immediate context as a Korahite psalm, and ultimately from an Ancient Near Eastern social values perspective. It is argued that this approach aids in determining the meaning of the psalm, as these values were an integral part of Ancient Near Eastern society. They thus not only influenced this psalm, but also reveal a lot about the thought processes behind the psalm. In light of the examination of the psalm, a new theory is proposed about Psalm 87's dealing with the exclusivity of Zion rather than its universality.


 

 

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Correspondence:
Nicolene Rautenbach
Department of Ancient Languages
University of Pretoria, Pretoria 0002
Contact e-mail: phil.botha@up.ac.za

 

 

1 This paper was delivered at a seminar at the University of Pretoria as part of the requirements for the degree of MA in Ancient Languages and Cultural Studies.

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