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By W. Dennis Tucker Jr.

Essential learn at the courting among the Persian empire and the the formation of the e-book of Psalms

In this newest access within the historic Israel and Its Literature sequence, W. Dennis Tucker Jr. examines the position of Persian imperial ideology within the construction of psalms in publication five of the Psalter and within the shaping of the publication of Psalms as an entire. even if a lot learn has been performed at the courting among the Persian empire and the construction of biblical texts, the publication of Psalms has been mostly absent from this dialogue. Tucker seeks to rectify this omission through illustrating that ebook five developed a sophisticated anti-imperial ideology in keeping with the threats imposed from all empires either earlier and present.


  • Close examine of the psalms portrayal of human energy to that of Yahweh
  • Comparison of Achaemenid propaganda to the ideology present in the psalms
  • Evidence drawn from Persian iconography and inscriptions

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According to Achaemenian discourse, the chief threat to order is the drauga. Although the term is often translated as “lie” or “falsehoood,” Kuhrt explains that drauga has religious and cosmological undertones, suggesting a disruption in the cosmos. 57 Unlike other ancient Near Eastern traditions, there is no document from the Achaemenid period that waxes on the theme of cosmic disorder writ large. 58 Although a number of texts allude to this 55. Briant, From Cyrus to Alexander, 177. 56. Kuhrt, The Persian Empire, 152n15.

Similar to the socle figures at Susa, the figures that stand beneath the royal platform at Naqsh-i Rustam represent the subjugated nations of the empire that support Darius, both literally and figuratively. Interestingly, the feet of the throne do not appear to touch the ground. 48 45. , 146. 46. See Gregor Ahn, Religiöse Herrscherlegitimation im achämenidischen Iran: Die Voraussetzungen und die Struktur ihrer Argumentation (AcIr 31; Leiden: Brill, 1992), 272–77. 47. Root, The King and Kingship in Achaemenid Art, 147–53.

32. Kuhrt, The Persian Empire, 487. 33. , 52. 34. Lincoln notes that “in his own propaganda, Darius does not appear as an ambitious and competent man in search of power, but as the world’s savior, who will reestablish the original divine order” (‘Happiness for Mankind’: Achaemenian Religion and the Imperial Project [AcIr 53; Leuven: Peeters, 2012], 16). 2. The Achaemenid Dynasty and Imperial Ideology 29 ation of the earth. , “the king in this empire [būmiyā]”). Thus the term may have functioned as a double entendre of sorts.

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