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Old Testament Essays

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

Old testam. essays vol.25 no.1 Pretoria  2012


"David" in consultation with the prophets: The intertextual relationship of Psalm 31 with the books of Jonah and Jeremiah



J. Henk Potgieter

University of Pretoria





Psalm 31 seems to be a late post-exilic text. It displays numerous similarities with other psalms, and also with the prophetic books of Jonah and Jeremiah. This paper proposes to investigate the nature of the literary relationship with the prophetic books in an attempt to establish the direction of influence and to determine the reasons why the psalm seems to have been composed as a kind of literary anthology. It would seem that the group of people who were responsible for composing Ps 31 also contributed towards the insertion of the confessions of Jeremiah and the prayers of Jonah.



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J. Henk Potgieter
Department of Ancient Languages, University of Pretoria
0002, Pretoria

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