Category Archives: Psalms

Jesus as SNOOT

“SNOOT,” in David Foster Wallace’s lexicon, stands for “Syntax Nerds of Our Time,” and Jesus shows himself to be one in his argument with the madding crowd in John 6:27-40. They demand that Jesus do another miracle to demonstrate his … Continue reading

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Abrahamic David

According to its inscription, Psalm 72 is in praise of Solomon, for his mercy, piety, and might. Towards the end, the psalmist exclaims, “May men bless themselves (יִתְבָּרְכוּ) by him, all nations (גֹּויִם) call him blessed!” (Ps 72:17, RSV) This has … Continue reading

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According to Our Works

The Psalmist writes, “Also unto thee, O Lord, belongeth mercy: for thou renderest to every man according to his work” (Ps 62:12). On their face, the two halves of this verse are paradoxical: doesn’t it belong to mercy not to render … Continue reading

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Christology and Natural Theology in Rom 10:17-18

In Romans 10:17, Paul insists, “Faith comes from hearing, and hearing through the word of Christ,” and then adds, “Have they not heard? Indeed they have, for ‘Their voice has gone out to all the earth, and their words to the … Continue reading

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Aaronic David

Last week, I wrote about the reception in the Major Prophets of the story of Aaron’s budding staff (Num 17). I missed another instance of its reception in the OT, though, in Psalm 132. Consider: “There [Zion, cf. Ps 132:13] will I … Continue reading

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