„Ich bewirke Rettung …“ (Ps 12,6)

To date there have only been a few examinations of the psalms in terms of communication analysis. This article will illustrate the fruitfulness of such an approach by analysing Ps 12 according to it. First it will be demonstrated that the psalm consists of a series of speeches that occur in a liturg...

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Main Author: Weber, Beat (Author)
Format: Electronic Article
Language: German
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Published: 2018
In: Vetus Testamentum
Year: 2018, Volume: 68, Issue: 2, Pages: 320-335
Standardized Subjects / Keyword chains: B Bible. Psalmen 12 / Communication analysis / Textual pragmatics
Further subjects: B Psalms Ps 12 communication settings form criticism (cultic) prophecy
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Summary: To date there have only been a few examinations of the psalms in terms of communication analysis. This article will illustrate the fruitfulness of such an approach by analysing Ps 12 according to it. First it will be demonstrated that the psalm consists of a series of speeches that occur in a liturgical sequence. It opens and closes with intercessory prayer, which forms a frame around a divine oracle in the centre. This oracle is itself further embedded in two instances of human address speech. The speaker functions as a “mediator” on behalf of a persecuted group. He presents their concerns to God in prayer, communicates God’s response back to them, and also communicates messages to them. The closest parallel to such a sequence can be found in the prophets (Habakkuk); as such Ps 12 is reminiscent of “cult prophecy.”
ISSN: 1568-5330
DOI: 10.1163/15685330-12341320
Persistent identifiers: DOI "10.1163/15685330-12341320"