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Moses, David and the High Kingship of Yahweh


A Canonical Study of Book IV of the Psalter


Has the Old Testament Psalter been purposefully arranged? Does this arrangement convey an overall message? This book enters into the growing discussion regarding the canonical arrangement of the Psalms by examining Book IV (Pss 90-106) and considering the book's overall theological and thematic message within the literary context of the Psalter. This volume argues that Psalms 90-106 have been purposely arranged as a rejoinder to the previous three books, in response to the rise and fall of Davidic kingship. This hypothesis is tested by examining how Psalms 90-106 may have been purposely organized as a collection.
Publisher: Gorgias Press LLC
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SKU (ISBN): 978-1-61143-682-2
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Publication Status: In Print

Publication Date: Dec 8,2010
Interior Color: Black
Trim Size: 6 x 9
Page Count: 382
Language: English
ISBN: 978-1-61143-682-2
$177.00
$106.20

Has the Old Testament Psalter been purposefully arranged? Does this arrangement convey an overall message? This book enters into the growing discussion regarding the canonical arrangement of the Psalms by examining Book IV (Pss 90-106) and considering the book's overall theological and thematic message within the literary context of the Psalter.

In summary, the main suggestion of this work is that Psalms 90-106 have been purposely arranged as a rejoinder to the previous three books, in response to the rise and fall of Davidic kingship charted in Books I-III. This hypothesis is tested by examining how Psalms 90-106 may have been purposely organized as a collection. Also, the theological and thematic emphases that dominate the book are considered, which appear to offer a holistic understanding for what has happened to Israel in the exile and why. In particular, this study focuses on the employment of the three key figures of Moses, King YHWH and David in Book IV. These psalmic, literary voices each “speak” to the crisis of exile in their own way and this study highlights how each voice addresses different aspects related to Israel's exile. It is proposed that Book IV is intended to re-align the post-exilic audience’s worshipping response to their position as the covenant people of God after exile. Thus, this study seeks to provide further reason for seeing a broad editorial hand behind the final redaction of the Psalter.

Has the Old Testament Psalter been purposefully arranged? Does this arrangement convey an overall message? This book enters into the growing discussion regarding the canonical arrangement of the Psalms by examining Book IV (Pss 90-106) and considering the book's overall theological and thematic message within the literary context of the Psalter.

In summary, the main suggestion of this work is that Psalms 90-106 have been purposely arranged as a rejoinder to the previous three books, in response to the rise and fall of Davidic kingship charted in Books I-III. This hypothesis is tested by examining how Psalms 90-106 may have been purposely organized as a collection. Also, the theological and thematic emphases that dominate the book are considered, which appear to offer a holistic understanding for what has happened to Israel in the exile and why. In particular, this study focuses on the employment of the three key figures of Moses, King YHWH and David in Book IV. These psalmic, literary voices each “speak” to the crisis of exile in their own way and this study highlights how each voice addresses different aspects related to Israel's exile. It is proposed that Book IV is intended to re-align the post-exilic audience’s worshipping response to their position as the covenant people of God after exile. Thus, this study seeks to provide further reason for seeing a broad editorial hand behind the final redaction of the Psalter.

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Contributor Biography

Michael G. McKelvey

Michael G. McKelvey is the Associate Pastor of Grace Baptist Church in Carlisle, PA. He holds an M.Div. degree from Reformed Theological Seminary and a Ph.D. from the University of Aberdeen. His work has focussed primarily in the canonical arrangement of the Psalter.

  • Table of Contents (page 5)
  • Table of Illustrations (page 13)
  • Forward (page 15)
  • Preface (page 17)
  • Acknowledgments (page 19)
  • Abbreviations (page 21)
  • Introduction (page 25)
  • 1. Methodological Considerations (page 29)
    • Method in Psalms Studies (page 30)
    • An Apparent Narrative (page 36)
    • Importance of Book IV (page 40)
    • Method of Examination in the Study (page 41)
    • Conclusion (page 43)
  • 2. Psalms 90-92 (page 45)
    • Introduction (page 45)
    • Psalm 90: An Introduction to Book IV (page 46)
      • Translation of Psalm 90 (page 46)
    • Themes and Theology (page 50)
      • Theocentric Themes (page 50)
      • Anthropocentric Themes (page 53)
    • Other Elements (page 56)
      • Mosaic Motif (page 56)
      • Reflections of the Mosaic Period (page 57)
      • Deuteronomic Links and Language (page 58)
    • Canonical Relationships (page 60)
      • Relation to Psalm 89 (page 60)
    • Conclusion: Psalm 90 (page 63)
    • Psalm 91: YHWH as Refuge (page 64)
      • Translation of Psalm 91 (page 64)
    • Themes and Theology (page 67)
      • Theocentric Themes (page 67)
      • Anthropocentric Themes (page 69)
    • Other Elements (page 69)
      • Mosaic Motif (page 69)
    • Canonical Relationships (page 71)
      • Relation to Psalm 90 (page 71)
    • Conclusion: Psalm 91 (page 74)
    • Psalm 92: A Sabbath Psalm (page 75)
      • Translation of Psalm 92 (page 75)
    • Themes and Theology (page 78)
      • Theocentric Themes (page 78)
      • Anthropocentric Themes (page 81)
    • Other Elements (page 82)
      • Mosaic Motif (page 82)
    • Canonical Relationships (page 85)
      • Relation to Psalm 90 (page 85)
      • Relation to Psalm 91 (page 87)
      • Relation to Psalm 93-100 (page 87)
    • Conclusion: Psalm 92 (page 89)
    • Conclusion: Psalms 90-92 (page 89)
  • 3. Psalms 93-100 (page 91)
    • Introduction (page 91)
    • Psalm 93: "YHWH Reigns" (page 92)
      • Translation of Psalm 93 (page 92)
    • Themes and Theology (page 93)
      • Theocentric Themes (page 93)
    • Other Elements (page 99)
      • Similarities with Exodus 15 (page 99)
    • Canonical Relationships (page 100)
      • Relation to Psalm 92 (page 100)
      • Relation to Psalm 94 (page 103)
      • Relation to Psalm 93-100 (page 103)
    • Conclusion to Psalm 93 (page 104)
    • Psalm 94: The Judge of the Earth (page 105)
      • Translation to Psalm 94 (page 105)
    • Themes and Theology (page 108)
      • Theocentric Themes (page 108)
      • Anthropocentric Themes (page 112)
    • Canonical Relationships (page 113)
      • Relation to Psalm 95 (page 113)
      • Relation to Psalm 93-100 (page 115)
    • Conclusion: Psalm 94 (page 116)
    • Psalm 95: Worship and Warning (page 116)
      • Translation of Psalm 95 (page 117)
    • Themes and Theology (page 119)
      • Theocentric Themes (page 119)
      • Anthropocentric Themes (page 121)
    • Other Elements (page 124)
      • Mosaic Motif (page 124)
    • Canonical Relationships (page 127)
      • Relation to Psalm 96 (page 127)
      • Relation to Psalm 93-100 (page 128)
      • Psalms 95 and 100 (page 129)
    • Conclusion: Psalm 95 (page 130)
    • Psalm 96: The Universal Reign of YHWH (page 131)
      • Translation of Psalm 96 (page 131)
    • Themes and Theology (page 133)
      • Theocentric Themes (page 133)
      • Anthropocentric Themes (page 136)
    • Canonical Relationships (page 138)
      • Relation to Psalm 97 (page 138)
      • Relation to Psalm 93-100 (page 139)
    • Conclusion: Psalm 96 (page 140)
    • Psalm 97: The Dominion of the King (page 141)
      • Translation of Psalm 97 (page 141)
    • Themes and Theology (page 144)
      • Theocentric Themes (page 144)
      • Anthropocentric Themes (page 147)
    • Canonical Relationships (page 150)
      • Relation to Psalm 98 (page 150)
      • Relation to Psalm 93-100 (page 151)
    • Conclusion: Psalm 97 (page 153)
    • Psalm 98: The Victorious Reign of YHWH (page 153)
      • Translation of Psalm 98 (page 154)
    • Themes and Theology (page 156)
      • Theocentric Themes (page 156)
      • Anthropocentric Themes (page 161)
    • Canonical Relationships (page 162)
      • Relation to Psalm 99 (page 162)
      • Relation to Psalm 93-100 (page 163)
    • Conclusion: Psalm 98 (page 164)
    • Psalm 99: Holy is the King (page 164)
      • Translation to Psalm 99 (page 165)
    • Themes and Theology (page 168)
      • Theocentric Themes (page 168)
      • Anthropocentric Themes (page 170)
    • Other Elements (page 173)
      • Mosaic Motif (page 173)
      • Exodus 15 (page 175)
      • Psalm 99 and Book IV (page 176)
    • Canonical Relationships (page 177)
      • Relation to Psalm 100 (page 177)
      • Relation to Psalm 93-100 (page 178)
    • Conclusion: Psalm 99 (page 179)
    • Psalm 100: The Goodness of YHWH (page 179)
      • Translation of Psalm 100 (page 180)
    • Themes and Theology (page 182)
      • Theocentric Themes (page 182)
      • Anthropocentric Themes (page 187)
    • Canonical Relationships (page 189)
      • Relation to Psalm 93-100 (page 189)
    • Conclusion: Psalm 100 (page 190)
    • Conclusion: Psalms 93-100 (page 190)
  • 4. Psalms 101-104 (page 193)
    • Introduction (page 193)
    • Psalm 101: A Royal Psalm (page 194)
      • Translation to Psalm 101 (page 194)
    • Themes and Theology (page 196)
      • Theocentric Themes (page 196)
      • Anthropocentric Themes (page 198)
    • Other Elements (page 199)
      • Davidic Voice (page 199)
    • Canonical Relationships (page 203)
      • Relation to Psalm 102 (page 203)
      • Relation to Psalm 101-104 (page 204)
    • Conclusion: Psalm 101 (page 205)
    • Psalm 102: Suffering and Hope (page 205)
      • Translation of Psalm 102 (page 206)
    • Themes and Theology (page 209)
      • Theocentric Themes (page 209)
      • Antrhropocentric Themes (page 211)
    • Canonical Relationships (page 214)
      • Relation to Psalm 103 (page 214)
      • Relation to Psalm 101-104 (page 215)
    • Conclusion: Psalm 102 (page 217)
    • Psalm 103: Forget Not His Benefits (page 218)
      • Translation to Psalm 103 (page 218)
    • Themes and Theology (page 221)
      • Theocentric Themes (page 221)
      • Anthropocentric Themes (page 222)
    • Other Elements (page 225)
      • Mosaic Motif (page 225)
    • Canonical Relationships (page 227)
      • Relation to Psalm 104 (page 227)
      • Relation to Psalm 101-104 (page 230)
    • Conclusion: Psalm 103 (page 231)
    • Psalm 104: YHWH the Creator (page 231)
      • Translation of Psalm 104 (page 232)
    • Themes and Theology (page 236)
      • Theocentric Themes (page 236)
    • Canonical Relationships (page 239)
      • Relation to Psalm 101-104 (page 239)
      • Relation to Psalm 105 and 106 (page 240)
    • Conclusion: Psalm 104 (page 243)
    • Conclusion: Psalm 101-104 (page 244)
  • 5. Psalms 105-106 (page 245)
    • Introduction (page 245)
    • Psalm 105: The Faithfulness of God (page 246)
      • Translation of Psalm 105 (page 246)
    • Themes and Theology (page 251)
      • Theocentric Themes (page 251)
      • Anthropocentric Themes (page 254)
    • Other Elements (page 255)
      • Mosaic Motif (page 255)
    • Canonical Relationships (page 258)
      • Relation to Psalm 106 (page 258)
    • Conclusion: Psalm 105 (page 260)
    • Psalm 106: The Rebellion of Israel (page 260)
      • Translation of Psalm 106 (page 261)
    • Themes and Theology (page 265)
      • Theocentric Themes (page 265)
      • Anthropocentric Themes (page 268)
    • Other Elements (page 270)
      • Mosaic Motif (page 270)
    • Canonical Relationships (page 274)
      • Relation to Psalm 90 (page 274)
    • Conclusion: Psalm 106 (page 275)
    • Conclusion: Psalms 105-106 (page 275)
  • 6. Canonical Structure of Book IV (page 277)
    • Introduction (page 277)
    • Conjunctive and Disjunctive Features (page 278)
    • Psalms 90-92 (page 280)
      • Conjunctive Features (page 280)
      • Disjunctive Features (page 283)
      • Transitioning: Psalms 92, 93 and 94 as Transition (page 285)
    • Psalms 93-100 (page 286)
      • Conjunctive Features (page 286)
      • Disjunctive Features (page 289)
      • Transitioning: Psalms 100 and 101 as Transition (page 290)
    • Psalms 101-104 (page 291)
      • Conjunctive Features (page 291)
      • Disjunctive Features (page 292)
      • Transition: Psalm 104 as Transition (page 293)
    • Psalm 105-106 (page 294)
      • Conjunctive Features (page 294)
      • Disjunctive Features (page 295)
      • Mosaic Frame: Psalms 90-92 and 105-106 as a Frame (page 296)
    • The Whole of Book IV (page 297)
    • Conclusion: Canonical Structure of Book IV (page 300)
    • Excursus: A Brief Consideration of Historical Development (page 301)
  • 7. Theological Conclusions (page 305)
    • Introduction (page 305)
    • Moses (page 306)
      • Moses in Book IV (page 307)
      • Moses and the Exodus/ Wilderness (page 311)
      • Moses and God's Kingship (page 317)
      • Conclusion: The Voice of Moses (page 320)
    • King YHWH (page 320)
      • Kingship of YHWH in Book IV (page 321)
      • YHWH as King (page 327)
      • Conclusion: The Voice of King YHWH (page 333)
    • David (page 333)
      • David in Book IV (page 335)
      • David as a Response to Exile and Psalm 89 (page 337)
      • Conclusion: The Voice of David (page 345)
      • Conclusion: Book IV as Re-Orientation (page 346)
  • Conclusion (page 349)
    • Final Words (page 351)
  • Bibliography (page 353)
  • Index (page 373)