Wednesday, May 14, 2008

Psalm 19: A “two-fer”

Read Psalm 19 carefully, and you’ll see what I mean when I say that it’s two for the price of one. The first half of the psalm is all about the wonders of HaShem’s creation, particularly the sun. (I dispute the translation of verse 7 shown in the link--I think "hu" refers back to the sun [mentioned in verse 5], not the bridegroom and/or runner [mentioned in verse 6], and should be translated "its," not "his.") Then, smack in the middle of the psalm, there’s a complete change of subject. What does “Torat HaShem t’mimah (the Law of HaShem is perfect)” have to do with the heavens declaring the glory of G-d?

Score another one in favor of the Documentary Hypothesis. In my opinion, this is yet another example of two texts having been cobbled together into one without any concern for the fact that the seam is showing.

That said, do read Psalm 19, and any other psalm that's to your liking. There are some real beauties in Sefer Tehillim/the Book of Psalms.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Documents, Schmocuments.

Rambam tells us that there are two primary paths to love of Hashem: examining His great natural works, and Torah. King David is showing us a similar approach here. Nor is it unique to him. What, you thought the Rambam made it up?

Thu May 15, 12:03:00 AM 2008  
Blogger Shira Salamone said...

Hmm, nice paths. I think I'll take them.

Thu May 15, 01:11:00 PM 2008  

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