Submission Title

Wisdom Psalms: Is the Category Worthwhile?

Presenter Information

Lilly Davis, Whitworth University

Session Number

RS13

Location

Robinson 229

Abstract Number

RS13-b

Abstract

Since its introduction in the early 20th century, the form-critical method of categorizing psalms has been highly debated. This presentation focuses on the recent debate, specifically as it addresses the category of wisdom psalms and argues that the category is no longer beneficial to one’s understanding of the psalms. After reviewing the arguments on both sides of the debate, the presentation analyzes how such categorization could influence the reader’s understanding of Psalm 1 and Psalm 37. Through this analysis, it becomes apparent that the categorization of either of these psalms as wisdom psalms emphasizes the connections they have to wisdom literature, yet hinders the reader from taking into account the other connections both psalms have to various portions of the Old and New Testament. Thus, I conclude that the category of wisdom psalms hampers our understanding of the psalms rather than providing enough benefit to warrant its continued pursuit.

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Wisdom Psalms: Is the Category Worthwhile?

Robinson 229

Since its introduction in the early 20th century, the form-critical method of categorizing psalms has been highly debated. This presentation focuses on the recent debate, specifically as it addresses the category of wisdom psalms and argues that the category is no longer beneficial to one’s understanding of the psalms. After reviewing the arguments on both sides of the debate, the presentation analyzes how such categorization could influence the reader’s understanding of Psalm 1 and Psalm 37. Through this analysis, it becomes apparent that the categorization of either of these psalms as wisdom psalms emphasizes the connections they have to wisdom literature, yet hinders the reader from taking into account the other connections both psalms have to various portions of the Old and New Testament. Thus, I conclude that the category of wisdom psalms hampers our understanding of the psalms rather than providing enough benefit to warrant its continued pursuit.