The Psalter, Worship, and Worldview

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A few years ago, I was asked to speak at an academic conference on
worldview in the Old Testament. This led to an interesting conversation
with a colleague who asked me what topic I was speaking on at the event.
“Worldview in the Psalms,” I replied. “Oh, that shouldn’t take long ...
surely, there is no such thing as a worldview in the Psalms” came the
reply, initiating an interesting discussion.
The surprising aspect of this conversation is that my colleague is a
card-carrying Dooyeweerdian with strong Kuyperian tendencies. 1 His
frame of reference thoroughly affirms the inescapable reality of a her -
meneutical worldview that shapes our basic thinking about the most
fundamental aspects of life and human experience. Why therefore the
skepticism regarding the presence of worldview in the Psalms.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationThe Identity of Israel's God in Christian Scripture
Subtitle of host publicationEssays in Honor of Christopher R. Seitz
EditorsDon Collett, Mark Elliott, Mark Gignilliat, Ephraim Radner
Place of PublicationAtlanta
PublisherSBL Press
Number of pages11
ISBN (Print)978-1-62837-290-8
Publication statusPublished - 20 Nov 2020

Publication series

NameResources for Biblical Study
PublisherSBL Press


  • Psalms
  • Worldview
  • Worship
  • Poetry


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