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Bibil Identifier bibil:214745
Publication Type Journal article
Title (English, Long) Pleading Poverty (or Identifying with the Poor for Selfish Reasons): On the Ideology of Psalm 109
Author Scheffler, Eben H.
Journal Old Testament Essays (Volume: 24, Issue: 1)
Year (Publication) 2011
Year (Original (1st Edition)) 2011
Year (Copyright) 2011
Year (Reference) 2011
Language English
Pages 192-207 Pages
Genre Original
Abstract In this article the popular view that the "voice of the poor" is expressed in the Psalms (the so-called Armenfrömmigkeit) is challenged. Although the psalms contain many references in, which a positive concern for the extremely poor are expressed, this is not always the case. Psalm, 109 is discussed as an example in which the supplicant identifies with the poor for his own interest. It is argued that the reader of the psalms should not merely accept that all references to the poor in the psalms could (from a hermeneutical perspective) positively be appropriated. "Pleading poverty" to selfishly justify feelings of enmity should be exposed in the psalms - not only for honesty's sake, but also for the sake of the really poor.
Keywords Thesaurus BiBIL : Old Testament (Introduction) : Theology : Themes : Poor
Pericopes Psalms 109
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