Original Research - Special Collection: Biblical Spirituality

Het Psalter als meerstemmige Thora

Kees Waaijman
HTS Teologiese Studies / Theological Studies | Vol 74, No 3 | a4970 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.4102/hts.v74i3.4970 | © 2018 Kees Waaijman | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 14 March 2018 | Published: 22 October 2018

About the author(s)

Kees Waaijman, Faculty of Theology, University of the Free State, South Africa; and, Titus Brandsma Instituut, Radboud University, Nijmegen, the, Netherlands


Psalm 1 is generally called the ‘introduction’ to the whole Psalter. At the same time this Psalm is defined as ‘Torah Psalm’ in a narrow sense. By this definition only a few psalms in the Psalter are really Torah Psalms. A ‘Torah Psalm’ as introduction to the Psalter may seem inappropriate. Is Psalm 1 perhaps the wrong ‘introduction’? Alternatively, is our concept of ‘Torah’ inadequate? With this article the researcher attempts to answer these two related questions. Firstly, the concept of ‘Torah’ in the Bible and in the Psalter is reset. Secondly, the key concepts of Psalm 1 are reinterpreted. The outcome is: not only in the Bible and in the Psalter but also in Psalm 1 ‘Torah’ is a multi-dimensional phenomenon. Thus understood, Psalm 1 is a perfect ‘introduction’ to the Psalter.


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