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The Concept Of Torah

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What is the concept of Torah in Psalm 119? It promotes an expansive conception of Torah, but there is no explicit definition of Torah in the psalm. It praises and exalts Torah, but as Abraham Heschel notes, although the sages praise Torah, praises upon praises do not fit its essence. Torah is the verbal expression of Gods desiresboth for humanity and for the universe. Psalm 119 does not state this explicitly, but it can be inferred from the various explicit statements in the psalm. The following conclusions can be drawn. Since God is righteous and just, God desires that creation will be just. Since God is the powerful creator and king of the universe, Gods desires have an imperative force. Gods imperatives are also inherently just and demand justice. Since God is merciful and good, God desires to do good things for creation, especially the creatures made in Gods image.

Keywords: Psalm 119; Torah



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