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Kingship and Psalm 1

April 19, 2008

It is common knowledge that Psalm 2 formed part of David’s coronation and we also recognise that Psalm 1 and Psalm 2 are joined by the inclusio of “Blessed” therefore I am of the opinion that Psalm 1 also formed a part of David’s coronation. So, rather than Psalm 1 being a generic torah psalm teaching the way of two paths, rather sets the scene for Psalm 2. Hopefully I will be afforded the opportunity in the near future to develop this thought.

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  1. April 22, 2008 11:20 pm

    Especially as seen in canonical focus, Ps. 1/2 provide an interesting way of interpreting the book as a whole.

  2. April 23, 2008 7:45 am

    Hi Greg,

    I very much see the central message of the Psalter as to do with the king, i.e. the messiah and his expanding kingdom. This is what Pss. 1 & 2 are all about.

    Try to get hold of Cole, R. (2002) “An Integrated Reading of Psalms 1 and 2”, JSOT, pp. 75-88.

  3. April 23, 2008 11:54 am

    Over this past winter, I took a class from David Howard on the Psalms (and I go to RTS Orlando, where Futato teaches), and this, as you probably know, is one of their main focuses. It makes much more sense having Book One actually start with Ps. 3 and Ps. 1/2 is an introduction to the Psalter as a whole.
    Cool stuff, I just happened by this blog the other day, will definitely be checking up on it!

  4. April 23, 2008 12:30 pm


    Howard and Futato are great!

    The best breakdown of the Psalter, in my opinion, is:

    Pss. 1 & 2 – Introduction
    Pss. 3-41 – Book 1
    Pss. 42-72 – Book 2
    Pss. 73-89 – Book 3
    Pss. 90-106 – Book 4
    Pss. 107-145 – Book 5
    Pss. 146-150 – Conclusion

  5. April 23, 2008 9:10 pm

    I totally agree- now if we can only get a Bible publisher to act on that…

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