BIBLICAL SPIRITUALITY, THE PSALMS, AND IDENTIFICATION WITH THE SUFFERING OF THE POOR: A CONTRIBUTION TO THE RECENT AFRICAN DISCUSSION ON PSALM 109

Christo Lombaard

Abstract


The discipline of Biblical Spirituality makes again explicit what has at times
remained only implicit or has at times been overlooked in exegetical practice: that
the biblical texts face two ways. On the one hand, the faith-in-historical-context
which lead to the biblical texts being created, and on the other hand, the faith-inhistorical-
context from which these texts have been/are being read, are both
important to the discipline of Biblical Spirituality. The Psalms have played a
particularly significant role throughout the respective histories of both lived biblical
spiritualities and studies in the field of Biblical Spirituality. Specifically as it relates
to the suffering of the poor, special attention is paid to Psalm 109: two recent
African studies on this Psalm are taken into review, and drawing on all of the above,
a new proposal is made for understanding verses 6-20.

Keywords


Biblical Spirituality; Spirituality and the Psalms; African Bible Interpretations; Psalm 109

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DOI: https://doi.org/10.7833/110-0-116

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