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Psalm 119 In Context

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This chapter argues that Psalm (Ps) 119 contributes to the centrality of Torah study in Judaism and to the conception of Torah that is found in the Hebrew Bible. When individual psalms, or, more likely, previous collections of psalms, were compiled into the Psalter, the compiler emphasized a complex theological conception of Torah. The chapter describes the conceptions and rhetoric in Ps 119 with very little reference to its literary and historical contexts. Discussing context as the conclusion rather than the introduction is atypical in biblical studies, but in the case of Ps 119, it is warranted due to the literary features of the psalm and the lack of historical references. The chapter addresses progressively broader con- texts, beginning with the place of Ps 119 in the Psalter, followed by its place in the Hebrew Bible, and concluding with its place in developing Judaism.

Keywords: Hebrew Bible; Judaism; Psalm (Ps) 119; Torah

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