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Enkele tradisie-historiese perspektiewe op Psalm 83

D. J. Human
HTS Teologiese Studies / Theological Studies | Vol 51, No 1 | a5772 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.4102/hts.v51i1.5772 | © 2019 D. J. Human | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 12 August 2019 | Published: 31 March 1995

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D. J. Human, Universiteit van Pretoria, South Africa

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Abstract

Some tradition historical perspectives on Psalm 83
Psalm 83 forms a poetical unit and is the well constructed poem of an artist. It could be divided into two stanzas which contains a cry for help (2), lament (3-9) and several petitions (10-19). This work reflects different tradition historical allusions. The use of prophetic language is immanent, while the faces of the prophets Isaiah, Jeremiah and Ezekiel are elusively present. Two episodes from the history of the Judges (Judges 4-5; 7-8) are utilised to expose its independent function in this psalm. The occurence of a well known Canaanite tradition is further obvious, while the question into the psalm's apocalyptic relationships is negatively assessed. Single motives like the upliftment of the head (3) and the shepherd/flock image (13) fulfil a definite Junction within the psalm’s context. The poet clearly applied historical traditions, motives and images to express an independent function within its context.

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