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Precreation Discourse in Psalms 74 and 77: Struggling with Chaoskämpfe

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AbstractThe way in which Psalms 74 and 77 deal with historical turmoil in the psalmists’ lives is to weave together reflections on the concrete problems being experienced with succinct myths about God’s precreative struggle with chaos: Chaoskämpfe. The cultural intertextural background for these myths is to be found in Near Eastern accounts about the divine battle against chaotic sea gods. Each psalmist tailors this component in ways that fit the theodicy and the basis of appeal for divine intervention in their own lives that they are attempting to construct. In the interplays of these overarching constructions and the roles of the Chaoskämpfe in them the larger functions of the precreative discourses in these psalms are to be found.

Affiliations: 1: Nashotah House Theological Seminary 2777 Mission Road, Nashotah WI, 53058-9793 USA, Email: dennissylva@hotmail.com

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