Despite the widely-held view that B.S. Childs' canonical approach is a limiting venture, his use of 'illumination' from other sources and his failure to provide guidelines as to how it should be incorporated means that a range of meanings are available to canonical exegetes. Here the significance of the infanticide of Ps. 137:9 is illuminated by The Usual Suspects (1995) and Apocalypse Now (1979), and by social-scientific discussions of honour and shame. It is suggested that the theological problems raised by this canonical text will only be resolved eschatologically, by a final - and non-canonical - clarification of the nature of divine justice.
|Translated title of the contribution||A Man of Honour, A Man of Strength, A Man of Will? A Canonical Approach to Psalm 137|
|Pages (from-to)||41 - 68|
|Number of pages||28|
|Publication status||Published - 2005|