Psalms of the Return, Psalms 107-150 : Studies in the by Michael D. Goulder

By Michael D. Goulder

Book V of the Psalter (Psalms 107-150) divides into 3, with the Songs of the Ascents (120-134) because the primary part, and the 1st and 3rd devices following parallel constructions (historical, Davidic, alphabetical, Hallel psalms). The devices are all compositions of the go back interval: 107-119 for the reconstruction of the Temple, 120-134 for Nehemiah's wall-building, 135-150 for Ezra's challenge. Psalms 120-134 stick to the episodes of Nehemiah's 'memoir', so as. All 3 teams express facts of evening-morning alternation, and have been meant for festal use: 107-118 on the Passover of Ezra 6, 120-134 on the Tabernacles of Nehemiah 12, 135-150 at Ezra's Tabernacles (Neh. 8).

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Having spent all our lives in the east, we were now to see the LORD'S famous Temple. We made the long journey, and arrived; and now Our feet have been standing Within thy gates, O Jerusalem. The holy city, so long spoken of in the golah, is now addressed in an apostrophe of three verses. The gates that had been burned with fire are now remade and standing (Neh. 1-3), a protection against any enemy's sudden attack. But above all Jerusalem has been (re,)builded As a city that is joined up together, mm"!

On the other hand the same consonants, Tinn, could be vocalized as 'the Haranite', and it would be discreditable in the ears of a Judahite congregation if he were from a distant foreign city. It would be the more so in that Haran was the centre of the worship of the moon god, Sin, and Sinis the first, theophoric element in the name Sanballat. Haran is a 1. So H. Guthe, Bibelatlas, maps 5, 7. 94), without giving an exact location. 2. E. D. Davies and L. ; Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1984-89), I, p.

10Now these are thy servants and thy people, whom thou hast redeemed by thy great power, and by thy strong hand. U O Lord, I beseech thee, let now thine ear be attentive to the prayer of thy servant, and to the prayer of thy servants, who delight to fear thy name: and prosper, I pray thee, thy servant this day, and grant him mercy in the sight of this man. It is the opening evening of the festival of Tabernacles, 445 BCE, and Nehemiah rises, as chief executive, to give his testimony. As it is a Jewish festival, he uses the Jewish calendar, with its third month Chislev in the previous winter, and its long established Jewish year running up to the present feast as its climax.

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