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Pss. 1 & 2 and the Deuteronomist

October 26, 2008

I have been thinking a great deal recently about the deuteronomistic history and one thing that did strike me was that the uniting of Pss. 1 & 2 is rather deuteronomistic, cf. Deut. 17:18-20. Indeed Ps. 1 is very deuteronomistic in and of itself, cf. Joshua 1:7, 8.

Psalm 1:1-3

Blessed is the man
who does not walk in the counsel of the wicked
or stand in the way of sinners
or sit in the seat of mockers.

But his delight is in the law of the LORD,
and on his law he meditates day and night.

He is like a tree planted by streams of water,
which yields its fruit in season
and whose leaf does not wither.
Whatever he does prospers.

Deuteronomy 17: 18-20

When he takes the throne of his kingdom, he is to write for himself on a scroll a copy of this law, taken from that of the priests, who are Levites. It is to be with him, and he is to read it all the days of his life so that he may learn to revere the LORD his God and follow carefully all the words of this law and these decrees and not consider himself better than his brothers and turn from the law to the right or to the left. Then he and his descendants will reign a long time over his kingdom in Israel.

Joshua 1:7, 8

Be strong and very courageous. Be careful to obey all the law my servant Moses gave you; do not turn from it to the right or to the left, that you may be successful wherever you go. Do not let this Book of the Law depart from your mouth; meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do everything written in it. Then you will be prosperous and successful.

2 Comments leave one →
  1. October 28, 2008 11:32 am

    Patrick Miller wrote a number of essays on this. Send me an e-mail at philsumpter at hotmail dot com and I’ll send you an article called “The Psalms and the Deuteronomist.” I haven’t read it, but Miller is good.

  2. October 28, 2008 6:45 pm

    Thanks mate!

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