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Psalm 98: Sing ’n nuwe lied tot lof van die Koning, Jahwe

W. S. Prinsloo
HTS Teologiese Studies / Theological Studies | Vol 50, No 1/2 | a2548 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.4102/hts.v50i1/2.2548 | © 1994 W. S. Prinsloo | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 13 January 1994 | Published: 13 January 1994

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W. S. Prinsloo, Universiteit van Pretoria, South Africa

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Abstract

Sing a new song in praise of the king, Yahweh
This article surveys the problems of interpreting Psalm 98. The chief problems are those concerned with determining the Gattung, the redactional history, strophic division and the dating of the Psalm. A textimmanent reading of the Psalm is used in an effort to make a significant contribution to the debate. The conclusion arrived at is that the Psalm forms a coherent, artistic whole and that a variety of poetic techniques is used in its composition. The poetic function of the Psalm can be described as persuasive. That is to say, the Psalm is intended to persuade the reader/auditor that Yahweh is worthy of praise and that his dependability is manifest in his acts of salvation.

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