• The Gods-Complaint: Psalm 82 as a Psalm of Complaint

    Author(s):
    Daniel McClellan (see profile)
    Date:
    2018
    Group(s):
    Biblical Studies
    Subject(s):
    Book of Psalms
    Item Type:
    Article
    Permanent URL:
    http://dx.doi.org/10.17613/j57c-ma92
    Abstract:
    Psalm 82 has long resisted a consensus regarding its genre. While some scholars have noted that the psalm’s language overlaps with that of the complaint genre, several features of the psalm appear to complicate that reading. As a result, the framework of the divine council is frequently given interpretive priority, which has resulted in a variety of solutions to the psalm’s several interpretive difficulties and has also contributed to a general reluctance to consider the psalm within the literary context of the psalms of Asaph. I argue that the psalm’s interpretive difficulties are best resolved by understanding the psalm as a complaint, specifically a complaint put into the mouth of YHWH and addressed to the gods of the nations—a “gods-complaint.” This reading provides a new interpretive framework that may help resolve important questions related to the psalm’s compositional background, rhetorical function, and theological influence.
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