Expanding the Understanding Of ‘Torah’: An Exegetical Study of Psalm 1 As an Anthological Text Open Access

Cho, Charity

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This paper offers a fresh exegetical study on the poetry of Psalm 1 through an anthological perspective. This anthological lens will provide an expansion understanding of Torah in Psalm 1. The common consensus is that Psalm 1 is a wisdom-Torah psalm, which highlights that observance of the Torah is wisdom and it's a means to a blessed life. However, by including the anthological consideration in this text, the understanding of Torah is expanded. Torah in Psalm 1not only alludes to the Torah of Moses but also to the Torah of Yahweh. The of Torah of Yahweh represents more than just observance of a set of law codes but it is itself a gift of Yahweh Himself. One who rejects this gift, the Torah, will be judged. But one who is devoted and committed to the Torah is lauded and commended.

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TRANSLATION OF PSALM 1 5

INTRODUCTION 6

Anthologies in The Old Testament 7

Psalm 1 - An Anthological Composition 9

EXEGESIS AND ANTHOLOGICAL INSIGHTS OF PSALM 1:1-6 10

The Blessedness of the Person Who Walks in The Ways of The Torah (vv. 1-3) 11

Anthological Insights of Psalm 1:1-3 14

Observance of Torah as True Wisdom That Leads to the Blessing 15

Torah of Yahweh is ‘the Blessing' 18

The Life of the Person Who Does Not Walk in The Ways of The Torah (v. 4) 20

Future of the Both Ways of Life (v. 5-6) 23

Anthological Insights of Psalm 1:4-6 26

CONCLUSION 28

BIBLIOGRAPHY 30

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