Scholars have described Psalm 119 as the "crux criticorum" of the
Fifth Book of the Psalter (Pss 107-150). While the length of the
psalm and its insistence on the question of YHWH's Torah are basic
indices pointing to its importance in the Book, the question of its
message, that is, the logical development of its theme has remained
an exegetical problem. The author proposes a solution, namely, that
Psalm 119 is structurally arranged to show the Psalmist's own
experience of straying and returning to YHWH's Torah. The
resolution of the problem has implications for understanding the
organisation of the Fifth Book and for the place of psalms such as
111 and 147, which also reflect on the theme of Torah in the final
Book of the Psalter.
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