Psalm 6 und die Bitten im Psalter
Ein paradigmatisches Bitt- und Klagegebet im Horizont des Gesamtpsalters
1. Edition 2010
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The starting point of this volume is the question of the Biblical foundation of the prayer of supplication. In the Bible, it is primarily in the Psalms that people articulate questions concerning their lives before God. So where better to start the search for clues as to the issue of the language of prayer than in the Psalter?
In classical exegeses, the supplications made in the Psalter are often regarded as formulaic elements of a certain genre the content of which is of lesser importance than the function. But does such an interpretation do justice to the language of the Psalter?
To pursue this question, Psalm 6 is examined as a paradigmatic prayer of supplication. The study focusses on the one hand on its language and poetic form, and on the other on its content on a verse-by-verse basis. The analysis and interpretation of this song of lament, which is replete with entreaties, is the primary focus of this study. The second is an examination of how the elements of supplication of this Psalm are used throughout the Psalter.