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David and Yahweh in Psalms 23 and 24

May 27, 2008

In a discussion with someone recently I was reminded of the following article which is certainly worth a read if you have access to it.

Goulder, M. (2006) “David and Yahweh in Psalms 23 and 24”, Journal for the Study of the Old Testament, 30(4), pp. 463-473

This article challenges the common understanding of Psalm 23 as being the song of an individual faithful Israelite. With so many expressions having national overtones, it seems more likely that the singer is a national leader, perhaps the king, rather than a lay person. The psalm belongs together with Psalm 24; these two psalms may well have formed part of a liturgy going back to David’s reign. The annual autumn festival was an opportunity to celebrate Yahweh’s kingship, with a ritual procession of the ark up to the Temple. But it was also an opportunity to confirm and celebrate the human kingship of David and his dynasty, which was not quite so secure.

3 Comments leave one →
  1. May 27, 2008 3:57 pm

    I downloaded this article a while back. Once I get down to actual exegesis I’ll read it. For now I’m having to focus on more methodological, hermeneutical questions (viz. “Canonical Approach”).

  2. May 27, 2008 4:03 pm

    Thanks for that. I didn’t realize that I could link to the essay itself, but thanks for doing the work for me anyway!

  3. May 28, 2008 8:36 am


    I posted a reply to your questions on your blog but they do not seem to have appeared. I don’t want you to think I was ignoring you!!

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