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Psalm 101: Inaugural address or social code of conduct?

Phil J. Botha
HTS Teologiese Studies / Theological Studies | Vol 60, No 3 | a624 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.4102/hts.v60i3.624 | © 2004 Phil J. Botha | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 26 October 2004 | Published: 17 December 2004

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Phil J. Botha, University of Pretoria, South Africa

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Abstract

The article presents a literary and social-scientific analysis of the text of Psalm 101. The ideological purpose of the text seems to have been more than a mere declaration of intent made by someone about to ascend the throne. It also seems to have provided a code of conduct for an in-group of Yahweh worshippers, perhaps particularly so at a later stage of its usage. It uses royal and divine authority to demarcate the boundaries of that group and to establish a religious and social ethos for its members. Moral wholeness and social and religious integrity seem to have been the ideal characteristics of a member of this group of people whose existence is vindicated through this psalm.

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