The King as Exemplar

The Function of Deuteronomy's Kingship Law in the Shaping of the Book of Psalms


Author: Jamie Grant
This book contributes to one of the more fruitful areas of Old Testament studies in recent years: the canonical study of the Psalter. It asks why the three psalms that focus on the torah (instruction) of Yahweh (Pss 1, 19, and 119) are associated with royal psalms and suggests that the answer lies in an editorial attempt to draw attention to Deuteronomy’s kingship law (Deut 17:14–20). This focus on the Pentateuch’s paradigm for kingship is meant not only to shape the psalmic presentation of the eschatological king but also to direct the reader to a piety that every believer should emulate—the king as exemplar for the people of God. This volume will be of interest to scholars of the Psalter, Deuteronomy, and intertextual studies as well as profitable reading for anyone interested in biblical perspectives on living as the people of God.

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Jamie A. Grant is Lecturer in Biblical Studies at Highland Theological College in Dingwall, Scotland.
' Grant produces a useful exercise in reading canonically from the lexical and thematic connections among the psalms and in reading intertextually between the Psalms and other biblical books.' Patricia Dutcher-Walls, Review of Biblical Literature, 2005. ' The book has a clear and impressive style, and the discussion is based on a broad and rich bibliography.' Gershon Brin, Review of Biblical Literature, 2005.