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The message, which the speaker models throughout the psalm, is that the righteous should internalize Torah to the point that it forms ones character. By placing the majority of the psalm in the mouth of the speaker, the author portrays the speaker in the process of spiritual formation, and as a result the reader experiences the psalm from the subjective perspective of the speaker. Since the Psalter relates itself to the Pentateuch and since Ps 119 is in one of the latest layers of the Psalter, the conception of Torah includes the Pentateuch. Psalm 119s praise of the benefits of Torah and portrayal of the exemplary students immersion in Torah promotes Torah to the center of religious practice. The authors strategy for promoting Torah study is to portray an ideal Torah student, and the author constructs the students persona using the first-person perspective.

Keywords: Pentateuch; psalm; Torah



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