A Man of Honour, A Man of Strength, A Man of Will? A Canonical Approach to Psalm 137

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Abstract

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 contributionA Man of Honour, A Man of Strength, A Man of Will? A Canonical Approach to Psalm 137
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)41 - 68
Number of pages28
JournalDidaskalia
Volume16 (2)
Publication statusPublished - 2005

Bibliographical note

Publisher: Providence College and Seminary, Otterburne, Manitoba, Canada

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