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Intertextuality and the Interpretation of Psalm 1

May 18, 2011

Philippus Jacobus Botha’s article on Ps. 1 and intertextuality is very interesting.


The meaning of the word ‘Torah’ in Psalm 1:2 is investigated in the light of the intratextual context of Psalm 1 itself and in the light of intertextual connections of this psalm with Joshua 1, Jeremiah 17, Psalms 52 and 92, Job 8, Ezekiel 47, and 1 Chronicles 22. It is contended that ‘Torah’ in Psalm 1:2 refers to the Mosaic Torah rather than to the Psalter itself. The Torah of Moses is depicted in Psalm 1 as a guide on the road of life to the presence of Yahweh, symbolised by a paradise-like temple garden. The mutual connections of Psalm 1 and 1 Chronicles 22 with Joshua 1 might suggest that Psalm 1 was intended as an introduction to the first three books of the Psalter in the first place.

Full text: here.

2 Comments leave one →
  1. May 19, 2011 1:51 pm

    It’s good to see your back up and at it, Richard.

    Thanks for link the the free article. What is OTE? Journal for Old Testament Exegesis?

  2. May 19, 2011 6:10 pm

    Hi Rob, it’s Old Testament Essays, published by the Old Testament Society of South Africa.

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