Sarna-Psalm 15


 Psalm 15:1: Lord, who may be a guest in your home?

Who may live on your holy hill?

 Psalm 24:3 Who is allowed to ascend the mountain of the Lord?

Who may go up to his holy dwelling place?

From the NET Bible.

Nahum Sarna, in On the Book of Psalms, treated Psalm 15 and Psalm 24 together. because they both ask who is worthy to enter the Temple, the presence of God. Modern scholars often term them liturgies of entrance. The idea is that these psalms were sung on feast days when people entered the Temple to make sacrifices.  Both psalms answer the question “who?” with the answer that the one who is acceptable to God lives an ethical life.

Psalm 15 speaks of the one who “walks blamelessly.”  Psalm 24 speaks of the one who has “clean hands and a pure heart.”  Although they use purity language it is…

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My name is James Pate. This blog is about my journey. I read books. I watch movies and TV shows. I go to church. I try to find meaning. And, when I can’t do that, I just talk about stuff that I find interesting. I have degrees in fields of religious studies. I have an M.Phil. in the History of Biblical Interpretation from Hebrew Union College in Cincinnati, Ohio. I also have an M.A. in Hebrew Bible from Jewish Theological Seminary, an M.Div. from Harvard Divinity School, and a B.A. from DePauw University.
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