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In Skriflig (Online) vol.45 n.1 Cape Town Jun. 2011

 

ORIGINAL RESEARCH

 

'n Ondersoek na die teologiese boodskap en prediking van Psalm 117

 

An investigation into the theological message and preaching of Psalm 117

 

 

S.D. Snyman

Departement Ou Testament. Universiteit van die Vrystaat. Bloemfontein. E-pos: snymansd@ufs.ac.za

 

 


OPSOMMING

Psalm 117 is tegelykertyd 'n bekende en onbekende psalm. Hierdie psalm is bekend as die kortste in die boek van die Psalms, maar daar is min teologiese refleksie op die psalm. Om die vraag na die teologiese boodskap van die psalm te beantwoord, is die psalm aan 'n eksegetiese ondersoek onderwerp waarin aandag gegee word aan sake soos die omvang van die psalm, tekskritiese kwessies, strukturele kenmerke, die literêre genre, "Sitz im Leben", datering, die gebruik van tradisiemateriaal, ensovoorts. Die eksegetiese detail het tot 'n teologiese gevolgtrekking gelei dat die (verbonds)liefde en trou van Jahwe wat die volk in die verlede ervaar het, die rede is waarom vreemde volke en nasies tot lof aan Jahwe opgeroep word. Die psalm het waarskynlik in die ballingskap ontstaan, reflekteer op die verlede en dien as motivering vir die toekoms wanneer die (verbonds)liefde en trou van Jahwe weer ervaar sal word.


ABSTRACT

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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