HST155 Final Essay
Due: Friday, November 22, 2013
Word Count: 2049
What can the royal Psalms teach us about the Judean monarchy? Rely principally on a reading of Psalms 2,18, 20, 21, 45, 72, 101, 110, 132 and 144.
The Psalms are perhaps one of, if not the most famous works of literature from the Ancient Near East. They’ve been quoted by presidents, written on calendars and tattooed on the skin of thousands of people.
However the Psalms aren’t just beautifully written words, to an entire nation and to multiple religions around the world, they’re the prayers and praises of a king who’s descendent was prophesied to be the savior of the world.
The Royal Psalms are so much more than poetic passages written 3000 years ago, they’re a paramount key to helping us understand the Judean Monarchy, the United Kingdom of Israel, as well as the Kingdom of Judah.
The phrasing, description’s within these Psalms, as well as the national faithfulness they imply is incredibly telling of 1050 BC Judah/Israel.
The Psalms are incredibly informative of how truly linked the Yahwehic Cult and the Judean Monarchy was, how very influenced the reign of the Davidic line was by the god Yahweh, as well as just how revered the reigning House of David was among his people.
First, one must understand that the Judean monarchy had a nearly desperate trust that Yahweh was their ultimate provider and protector (“The Lord is my rock, my fortress and my deliverer”), meaning that Yahweh was also the ultimate provider and protector of the nation of Judah.
As Sigmund Mowinckel put forth, the thought behind this is based on the on idea that the identity of the individual Israelite is irrevocably and intricately connected to the Israelite nation as a whole. The bible tells us that Yahweh was considered the Great King, and David was his human representative on earth, making Judah the Great King’s earthly dwelling place.
It’s important to remember that spiritually, in the eyes of Judeans,...