Permutatio religionis – Ps 139 und der Wandel der israelitischen Religion zur Bekenntnisreligion

Wagner, Andreas (2007). Permutatio religionis – Ps 139 und der Wandel der israelitischen Religion zur Bekenntnisreligion. Vetus Testamentum, 57(1), pp. 91-113. Leiden: Brill 10.1163/156853307X167873

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In the Old Testament, religion is a matter of constant change and development. Various religious contexts have led to changing kinds of text forms. This paper sees Psalm cxxxix as an abjuration form for an individual believer. We find three sections (Ps. cxxxix 1-6; 7-12; 13-18) declaring the qualities of JHWH, whereas in the last part (vv 19-24) the praying person separates himself from those inimical to JHWH (vv 21-22). The implication is that JHWH is the only and true God who demands abjuration from nonbelievers and true confession (cf. Ps. xci with its similar thought). This type of JHWH religion is typical for the post-exilic time. Ps. cxxxix may be taken as a kind of "performance" of the "Mosaic distinction" (Jan Assmann).

Item Type:

Journal Article (Original Article)

Division/Institute:

01 Faculty of Theology > Department of Protestant Theology > Institute of Biblical Studies > Old Testament

UniBE Contributor:

Wagner, Andreas

Subjects:

200 Religion
200 Religion > 220 The Bible
200 Religion > 230 Christianity & Christian theology

ISSN:

0042-4935

Series:

Vetus Testamentum

Publisher:

Brill

Language:

German

Submitter:

Andreas Wagner

Date Deposited:

16 Apr 2018 12:50

Last Modified:

16 Apr 2018 12:50

Publisher DOI:

10.1163/156853307X167873

BORIS DOI:

10.7892/boris.102226

URI:

https://boris.unibe.ch/id/eprint/102226

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