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The enemies of the those who pray and their speeches in the psalms


The dissertation project examines the motif of the propagandistic speeches held by the enemies of those praying in the psalms. The statements of the enemies and those of the person praying are not a private controversy but represent a fundamental theological discourse on the public denial of God as a realistic historic figure. We will analyse the so-called citations and examine their diachronic development with respect to a possible apocalyptisation. The subject centres around the psalms 9-10 (theology of the poor) and 73 (crisis of wisdom). By breaking down the motifs, the dissertation wants to make a contribution towards a better understanding of the statements made by the enemies in the psalms, which are often rejected as being “non-Christian”. The study further gives an insight into the social-historic and religious-historic background of Israel during the post-exile period.

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