PRAYER: AN INTEGRAL PART OF THE OLD TESTAMENT

D F O’Kennedy

Abstract


There are a few misconceptions concerning the understanding of prayer in the Old Testament, namely 1) prayer literature does not form an integral part of the Old Testament; 2) Old Testament prayer is confined to Psalmic prayers; 3) every single prayer must be treated as an isolated entity; 4) there is a dichotomy between ‘cultic prayers’ and ‘private prayers’ in the Old Testament; 5) Old Testament prayer has no literary and theological function.  This article illustrates that these misconceptions are not a true portrayal of the prayer literature in the Old Testament.


Keywords


Prayer literature; Old Testament; Psalms; Historical Development of Prayer; Literary Forms of Prayer

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DOI: https://doi.org/10.7833/59-0-1536

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