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Festschrift in Honor of Professor Paul Nadim Tarazi

Volume 3- Studies in Intertestamental, Extra-Canonical, and Early Christian Literature-


Tom Dykstra and Vahan Hovhanessian

This is the third of three volumes dedicated to Professor Paul Nadim Tarazi. Volume 3 of Festschrift in Honor of Professor Paul Nadim Tarazi is a collection of articles discussing the latest findings in a variety of theological subjects related to the Bible as received and interpreted in the Orthodox Church tradition. Scholars from around the world have contributed their recent findings in the field of their research and teaching in this volume.
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Peaceful or Violent Eschatology: A Palestinian Christian Reading of the Psalter



Recent Psalm studies have begun to consider the theological significance of the order of psalms in the final form of the Psalter.2 Wilson in particular argues that the fourth and fifth Books (Pss 90-106; 107-145) respond to the problem raised by the first three books (Pss 2-89).3 These first three books point out the collapse of the Davidic covenant while the last two books provide an answer from the perspective of wisdom. Wilson points out that the psalms at the seams of the books are theologically significant. Therefore, theologians should pay more attention to the intentional placement of these psalms (Pss 1-2, 41-42, 72-73, 89-90, 106-107 and 144-145).4 He adds that Psalm 2 is the foundation of Davidic Zion theology, Psalm 72 is a pointer that the promises to David are transferred to his descendants, and Psalm 89 is a lament that bemoans the failure of the traditional Davidic theology. Then he affirms that Psalms 1, 90, 107, and 145 provide a frame in which the sages answer the challenge raised by the first three books. These wisdom Psalms frame the royal Psalms (Psalms 2, 72, 89, and 144) providing a relecture in which the final composition points out that God is the true and lasting King recalling the foundational pre-monarchical faith of Israel and directing the faithful to trust in Yahweh as King, rather than in fragile and failing human princes.

Wilson’s insights are very helpful but he overstates his case. His...

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