SciELO - Scientific Electronic Library Online

vol.28 suppl.11Mystical perspectives in interreligious dialogueLeading "Around Scripture" author indexsubject indexarticles search
Home Pagealphabetic serial listing  

Services on Demand



Related links

  • On index processCited by Google
  • On index processSimilars in Google


Acta Theologica

On-line version ISSN 2309-9089
Print version ISSN 1015-8758

Acta theol. vol.28  suppl.11 Bloemfontein  2008


Awe and respect in the Psalms



K. Waaijman

Prof. Titus Brandsma Institute for Spirituality, Nijmegen, and Research Fellow, Department of New Testament, Faculty of Theology, University of the Free State, Bloemfontein




This essay discusses the motif of awe in the Psalms in terms of Buber's outline of mystical awe. In a first section, awe as the beginning of wisdom is analysed, followed by a discussion of the experience of Be-er's1 (Yahweh's) goodness. In a third section, attention is given to awe as the quiet waiting on Be-er, followed, in a final part, by an analysis of love as the result of awe.

Keywords: Spirituality, Psalms, Awe, Respect

Trefwoorde: Spiritualiteit, Psalms, Eerbied, Respek



“Full text available only in PDF format”




Barth, C. 1982. Art. jachal. In: G.J. Botterweck, H. Ringgren & H-J. Fabry (Hrsg.), TWAT 3: 603-610.         [ Links ]

Becker, J. 1965. GottesfurchtimAlten Testament. Roma: Päpstliches Bibelinstitut.         [ Links ]

Boularand, E. 1953. Crainte de Dieu. DSp 2:2478.         [ Links ]

Buber, M. 1962. Schriften zur Philosophie. I. München-Heidelberg: Kösel Verlag - Verlag Lambert Schneider.         [ Links ]

Derousseaux, L. 1968. La crainte de Dieu dans l'ancien Testament. Royauté, alliance, sagesse dans les royaumes d'Israël et Juda. Recherches d'exégèse et d'histoire sur la racine yaré. Paris: Cerf.         [ Links ]

Fuhs, H. 1990. Art. Yare. In: ThDOT6:290-315.         [ Links ]

Goldstein, N. 1996. Forests of the night. The fear of God in early Hasidic thought. Northvale (New Jersey): Jason Aronson.         [ Links ]

Marshuetz, G. 1992. Die verlorene Ehrfurcht. Über das Wesen der Ehrfurcht und ihre Bedeutung für unsere Zeit. Würzburg: Echter.         [ Links ]

New, D. & Petersen, R. 1994. How to fear God without being afraid of Him. Wheaton (Illinois): Victor Books.         [ Links ]

Plath, S. 1963. Furcht Gottes. Stuttgart: Calwer Verlag.         [ Links ]

Von Rad, G. 1970. Weisheit in Israel. Neukirchen-Vluyn: Neukirchener Verlag.         [ Links ]

Vreekamp, H. 1982. De vreze des Heren. Een oorsprongswoordin de systematische theologie. Utrecht: Administratief Centrum Epe.         [ Links ]

Waaijman, K. 1984. Betekenis van de naam Jahwe. Kampen: Kok.         [ Links ]

Waaijman, K. 2002. Spirituality. Forms, foundations, methods. Leuven, Paris, Dudley MA: Peeters.         [ Links ]

Worsley, C. 1972. The fear of God in the Old Testament. A lexicographical study. London: s.n.         [ Links ]



1 For an explanation of this translation of Yahweh and its background, cf. Waaijman (1984 and 2002:431 -5). The term, which has its setting in lay spirituality, was a petition for (God's) protective presence. It expresses the pious feeling that Yahweh, or, "Be-er", is with human beings as companion whilst they make life's journey (cf. Waaijman 2002:431).

Creative Commons License All the contents of this journal, except where otherwise noted, is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution License