Making Meaning of Wisdom in Psalm 119 and in Contemporary African Contexts


Psalm 119
Biblical Wisdom
African Hermeneutics
African Proverbs

How to Cite

Mensah, M. K. . (2021). Making Meaning of Wisdom in Psalm 119 and in Contemporary African Contexts. Old Testament Essays, 34(1), 165–188. Retrieved from


Psalm 119 has continually posed challenges to its interpreters owing to the difficulty of relating its unique acrostic structure to its thematic focus. The question of wisdom, especially as expressed in the Ps 119, is one such thematic problem which confronts both the Western and the African reader. This article, taking cognisance of the importance of the structural integrity of the psalm, identifies three dimensions of wisdom in Ps 119 which can be traced to the wider biblical Wisdom corpus. Using the African Biblical Hermeneutical method, it shows that these different dimensions of wisdom are equally found in African proverbs and underline the value of using this method as a vehicle for dialogue between the African and the Western reader of the Bible.–3621/2021/v34n1a10


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