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The claim of this chapter is that Ps 119 contains a striking message, which cannot be summarized in a short hymn, and that previous studies have failed to recognize a central rhetorical aim in the psalm. This oversight has negatively affected interpretation both of individual verses and of the psalm as a whole. As a result the contribution of Ps 119 to the Psalter and to the development of Judaism has not been adequately described. What is the striking message? The chapter provides a prcis of the message and an overview of how this study proceeds.

Keywords: Judaism; Ps 119



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