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J. A. EMERTON, Spring and Torrent in Psalm lxxiv 15

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The recollection of God's mighty acts of long ago in Psalm. lxxiv 12-17 falls into two parts: verses 12-14 describe the dividing of the sea and the slaying of Leviathan, and verses 16 f. the creation of the world. The fact that verses 12-14 refer to the dragon myth is not itself an argument against an allusion to events in the period of the exodus; the myth might be reinterpreted historically in terms of the overthrow of the Egyptians at the Red Sea. The first part of the verse speaks of the cleaving by God of spring and torrent. In view of the difficulty of the verse, a fresh explanation is needed, and the purpose of the present paper is to suggest a way in which it may be understood to refer to a single primeval act when the waters were defeated and the world was created. The suggestion is advanced very tentatively, with a consciousness of the uncertainties involved.

Keywords: God's mighty acts; Psalm; dragon myth; exodus; spring and torrent



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