The Chiastic Structure of Psalm 106

  • Lee Roy Martin University of South Africa
Keywords: Chiasm, Historical psalms, Repentance, Prayer, Moses, Phinehas, Penitence


This study describes the chiasm that is embedded within the narrative structure of Psalm 106. He classifies the psalm as a historical recital of Israel’s story, but within the psalm’s narrative structure is a chiasm that emphasizes key parallel elements. These elements draw the reader’s attention to the themes of praise, prayer, salvation, rebellion, and Moses, to name a few. Psalm 106 focuses on Israel’s past failures and Yahweh’s generous grace, motifs that highlight the need for repentance and forgiveness in any historical context, but especially in the exilic and postexilic periods.

Author Biography

Lee Roy Martin, University of South Africa

Professor of Old Testament at Pentecostal Theological Seminary, Research Fellow at UNISA, and editor of the Journal of Pentecostal Theology.


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