Psalms and Prayers by Becking

By Becking

Psalms are to be obvious as prayers, it really is as tales of religion and melancholy. by means of utilising a multi-dimensional matrix of tools the authors of those essays open views on new insights in those historic hymns.

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Kahle, ‘Die hebräische Bibelhandschriften aus Babylonien’, ZAW 46 (1928), 113–37, esp. 132. L. Petersen, Late Israelite Prophecy. MS, 23), Missoula 1977, 73. 53 ‘The epithet “God of the Fathers” in a variety of forms appears twenty-seven times in Chronicles. None of these instances is taken from the parallel source in SamuelKings . ’ ( Japhet, Ideology, 14). 51 psalms and prayers in the book of chronicles 31 The second time the particle alh is used in Jehoshaphat’s prayer (20:7) poses a problem too.

Although v. 7 obviously opens with a reference to God’s acts of liberation to Israel in the past—and therefore in fact is still a manifestation of ‘the God of our fathers’—, it is a contemporary address (‘our God’) which precedes that description. In that way, past and present in and through Him are linked together. In the second half of v. 57 Precisely the wording ‘the descendants of your friend Abraham’ holds the point of identiÀcation. For in that formula both the generation of the Conquest and the present community 54 Septuagint, Bible de Jérusalem, and a number of Dutch Bible translations (NBG 1951, Petrus Canisiusvertaling, Willibrordvertaling, Groot Nieuws Bijbel).

26 This raises the question whether Keret and Danel are to be understood as earthly beings or as divine. In both stories, perhaps particularly that of Danel, there is frequent involvement of the protagonists with deities. The description of Danel’s daughter, Pughat, seems to use terminology, which might be thought to suggest that she was more than an ordinary human being: šm‘ pgt' 9 tkmt my ˜spt lš‘r ¢l yd‘t hlk kbkbm27 The sense of the Àrst and third phrases seem reasonably clear: ‘Listen, Pughat, you who carry water on your shoulder’ and ‘you who know the courses of the stars’, but the second has occasioned more discussion.

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