Interpretation of the psalmist's assertions about their upright behaviour towards God or men in Psalms 7, 17, 18, 26, and 44.
After a short introduction, the study presents a detailed analysis of Psalms 7, 17, 18, 26, and 44 (text, philology, exegesis). It evaluates previous views of the intention and setting of the psalmist’s claims regarding their upright behaviour, such as Beyerlin’s theory that the psalms involved were originally used as prayers in a cultic trial by ordeal. It presents a new hypothesis with respect to the purport of the claims.
Its subject matter and method make this study particularly useful for all those studying the Hebrew Psalms. Furthermore, it deals with an important topic of the anthropology and theology of the Old Testament, viz. human righteousness towards God.
Gert Kwakkel, Ph.D. (2001) in Theology and Religious Studies, University of Groningen, is Professor of Old Testament at the Theological University Kampen II, The Netherlands. He has published
De gerechtigheid van Abram. Exegese van Genesis 15 : 6, (Barneveld, 1996).
Kwakkel delivers a clear and comprehensive exegesis of each of the five psalms in question. His work with both the biblical text and the relevant scholarship is detailed and carefully executed, with evidence of very few errors. There are insightful observations, and Kwakkel is judicious in dealing with the thorny issues of a psalm's setting and dating. ... In short, this is an important book for scholars of the psalms while its exploration of human righteousness before God will prove valuable for all who are interested in the theology of the Old Testament.' Richard Bautch,
Review of Biblical Literature, 2005.