A Comprehensive Reading of Psalm 137

  • Daniel Simango North-West University
Keywords: Psalm 137, Exegetical Study, Imprecatory Psalms, Imprecation.

Abstract

The purpose of this article is to carry out a thorough exegetical study of Psalm 137 in order to grasp its content, context and theological implications. The basic hypothesis of this study is that Psalm 137 can be best understood when the text is thoroughly analyzed. Therefore, in this article, Psalm 137 will be read in its total context (i.e. historical setting, life-setting and canonical setting) and its literary genre. The article concludes by discussing the imprecatory implications and message of Psalm 137 to the followers of YHWH.

Author Biography

Daniel Simango, North-West University

Dr. Daniel Simango, Extraordinary Lecturer, Unit for Reformed Theology and the development of the South African Society, North-West University. He is also the Principal & Senior OT Lecturer of the Bible Institute of South Africa, 180 Main Road, Kalk Bay, 7975 near Cape Town. RSA. Email: danielsimango@outlook.com

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Published
2018-07-04