The Book of Psalms: Composition and Reception

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PSALMS CONCERNING THE LITURGIES OF TEMPLE ENTRY

CRAIG C. BROYLES


I. TEMPLE ENTRY LITURGIES: PSALMS 15 AND 241

Psalms 15 and 24 (especially vv. 3-6) have long been recognized as liturgies for worshipers entering the temple. They, along with Isaiah 33:14b-16, follow a set pattern: (a) a double question of who may visit Yahweh's holy hill, (b) a reply consisting of the qualifications for worshipers, and (c) a promise. In the chart below underlined words denote parallel terminology.2

1 The ideas in this article have undergone their own pilgrimage. They were
first presented at the annual meeting of the Society of Biblical Literature in 1992,
and developed further in my Psalms (NIBC 11; Peabody, MA: Hendrickson,
1999).

2 Abbreviations in this chart: Adj = adjective, Impf = imperfect, Neg =
negative, Nip = Nipcal, Pf = perfect, Pos - positive, Ptc = participle. For a more
detailed analysis of the poetics of Psalm 15 and the “different ways of reading or
speaking the psalm that are there in the text,” see Patrick D. Miller, Jr., “Poetic
Ambiguity and Balance in Psalm XV,” VT29 (1979) 416-24.

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