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ISBN: 9781907713354
Imprint: Langham Monographs
Format: Paperback
Dimensions (mm): 229 x 152 x 16
Publication Date: 14/10/2013
Pages: 296
Language: English

Reading Psalm 145 with the Sages

A Compositional Analysis


Traditionally, the Psalms have been read in reference to their historical context. This publication suggests reading a psalm in its literary context and with reference to the editorial intent of its placement in the Psalter. The author proposes that such reading brings holistic richness in our understanding of the thematic patterns underscored in individual psalms. The study analyzes Psalm 145, a unique Davidic psalm, providing the reader with an in-depth understanding of the purpose of its placement.

Author Bios

A. K. Lama

AJOY KUMAR LAMA was born and raised in a traditional Tibetan Buddhist family and came to Christ while studying veterinary science in Patna (India). He holds a BVSc from Rajendra Agriculture University, Pusa (India), an MDiv from AIT Bangalore, a DMin from Beeson Divinity School (Birmingham, AL) and a PhD in the Old Testament from Trinity Evangelical Divinity School (Deer eld, IL). During his career he has served as a sta member of the Union of Evangelical Students of India, a senior pastor in India, a missions pastor in the USA, and is currently the General Secretary of the Council of Baptist Churches in North East India. Ajoy is married to Dr. Asangla Ao and they have three children.


Dr. Lama has made a careful study of the final Davidic psalm in the Masoretic Psalter. He has recovered the importance of the Kingdom of God as the hope of the Psalter. David submits himself and the future of his dynasty to God's universal rule. This study follows the compositional and canonical approach. It is a good read.

Willem A. VanGemeren
Professor of Old Testament and Semantic Languages,
Trinity Evangelical Divinity School

Table of Contents

  1. Abstract
  2. Acknowledgements
  3. Chapter 1
    1. Introduction
      1. The Significance of Psalm 145
      2. History of Interpretation
        1. Pre-Form-Critical Interpretation
        2. Form-Critical Interpretation
      3. Compositional Critical Interpretation
        1. Brevard S. Childs
        2. Gerald H. Wilson
      4. The Turning Point
        1. Composition of Book V
        2. Composition of the 11QPSa
        3. Composition of the LXX
      5. Criticism of the Compositional Critical Interpretation
        1. Different Compositional Readings of Book V
      6. Conclusion
  4. Chapter 2
    1. Methodological Considerations
      1. Theological Assumptions
      2. Hermeneutical Assumption
        1. Canonical-Linguistic Approach
        2. Discourse Analysis
        3. Seven Standards of Textuality
      3. The Exegetical Assumption
        1. Historical Context
        2. Democratization of David
        3. Thematic Patterning
        4. The Acrostic Structure
        5. Textual Critical Theory
        6. The Absence of Nun Line
      4. Conclusion
  5. Chapter 3
    1. A Discourse Analysis of Psalm 145
      1. Translation
      2. The Literary Genre
      3. The Literary Structure
        1. Traditional Literary Division
        2. Thematic Considerations
      4. Rhetorical Literary Division
        1. Key Words
        2. Concentric Structure
        3. Literary Symmetry
        4. Reuven Kimelman
        5. Conclusion
      5. Linguistic Analysis
        1. The Anticipating Praise of David
        2. The Kingship of YHWH
        3. The Phenomena of the Blessing
        4. The Language of Universalism and Particularism
        5. The Language of Hope
      6. Conclusion
  6. Chapter 4
    1. The Last Davidic Psalm and the Final Hallel Psalms
      1. The Editorial Purpose
        1. The Final Wisdom Frame
        2. The Climax of Book V
      2. The Final Hallel Psalms
        1. Psalm 146
        2. Psalm 147
        3. Psalm 148
        4. Psalm 149
        5. Psalm 150
        6. Conclusion
      3. The Last Place
      4. Conclusion
  7. Chapter 5
    1. David in the Kingdom of God
      1. The Davidic Psalms
        1. The Paradigm of David
          1. Psalm 108
          2. Psalm 109
          3. Psalm 110
          4. Psalm 138
          5. Psalm 139
          6. Psalm 140
          7. Psalm 141
          8. Psalm 142
          9. Psalm 143
          10. Psalm 144
          11. Conclusion
        2. YHWH Kingship Psalms in Book IV
          1. Psalm 93
          2. Psalm 95
          3. Psalm 96
          4. Psalm 97
          5. Psalm 98
          6. Psalm 99
          7. Psalm 103
      2. The Motif of the Kingdom of God
      3. Conclusion
  8. Chapter 6
    1. Conclusion
  9. Appendix 1
    1. The Order of Qumran Psalms
  10. Appendix 2
    1. Canonization of the Psalter
  11. Appendix 3
    1. Concentric Structure of Psalm 145
  12. Appendix 4
    1. Different Usage of מּלּך in the Psalter
  13. Appendix 5
    1. The Use of YHWH in Psalm 145
  14. Appendix 6
    1. Lexical Connections Between Psalm 103 and 145
  15. Bibliography

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