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Religion and Theology
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(Name) (Professor) (Subject) (Date) Royal Conduct in Psalm 101 Although Psalm 101 is regarded as a royal psalm, for it somehow demonstrates how a king is supposed to behave in ensuring his own integrity and in maintaining that of his cabinet and ministers1.
Historical Analysis Psalm 101 was written “for the occasion of the enthronement of a Judahite king”3 and the glorification of the Davidic king’s example of virtue and righteousness. In fact, Psalm 101 is known as “David’s mirror of a monarch”4. It may have actually been written during the time _____________ 1Jerome F. D. Creach, The Destiny of the Righteous in the Psalms (2008): 107. 2James Douglas Grant Dunn, “God-Talk for a Disillusioned Pilgrim in Psalm 21,” Eerdmas Commentary on the Bible (2003): 413. 3Michael L. Barre, “The Shifting Forces of Psalm 101,” The Book of Psalms: Composition and Reception, vol. 99 (2005): 206. 4James Luther Mays, “Psalm 101: The Way of Integrity,” Psalms (1989): 321. when David was sworn in as king over all of Israel, and he wrote this as a pledge of allegiance to God5. This could have then taken place in 1002 BC6. Literacy Background Psalm 101 uses a number of poetic devices in order to convey the message of royal conduct, virtue and integrity. Among these are metonymies like “my house” in the line “I will conduct the affairs of my house/ with a blameless heart”7. The word “house” here does not necessarily mean the house where one lives but rather the whole kingdom that one holds and rules, for it is a king that is assumed to be speaking in Psalm 101. ...
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