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Prayer and practice in the Psalms

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This chapter discusses the characterisation of the righteous and the wicked and looks at the idea of the imitation of God as a guiding principle for ethical behaviour in the Psalms. It is Paul Griffiths’claim that every book of the Bible is intended to be read religiously, that is used, as Saint Paul put it, 'for teaching, for reproof, for correction and for training in righteousness,'. And this should make us to take seriously the implications for ethics of every book of the Old Testament (OT). But Griffiths’ classification of the biblical material as religious literature does not differentiate between the way in which the Psalter inculcates ethics and the approach of the other books. It is what sets the Psalter apart from other biblical texts as an ethical resource that the author wants to explore in the chapter. The psalms are meant to be recited or sung as prayers.

Keywords: biblical texts; ethical resource; God; Old Testament (OT); Paul Griffiths; prayer; Psalms; religious literature; Saint Paul



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