Tag 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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Kiss the King

Why does Judas greet Jesus with a kiss? (Matt 26:50) The Lord shortly after insists that everything happening to him is in fulfillment of the Scriptures (26:54) — might that include the betrayer’s kiss? A particularly suggestive text in this regard is … 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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Mortal Wisdom

“So teach us to number our days, that we may apply our hearts unto wisdom” (Ps 90:12). One of Pascal’s constant themes in the Pensées is the vanishingly brief span of our lives in comparison with the everlasting time that opens before us … Continue reading

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