Barr-some Psalms and Qoheleth


James Barr, in Biblical Faith and Natural Theology, took on the claims of those who did not find natural theology in the Hebrew Bible. He talked first about three particular Psalm and then, more broadly about Wisdom, Prophets, and Law.

Today I am going to cover the Psalms and Wisdom.

The first two Psalms he considered are the ones traditionally linked to the idea of natural theology, Psalm 104 and Psalm 19. Psalm 104 talks at length about how God stretched out the heavens and provided sustenance for animals and man. Psalm 19 makes the beauty and order of the sun, moon and stars something parallel to God’s law as realities that call for praise of God.

Those who did not see natural theology in these Psalms made a distinction between natural theology and a theology of nature. They said that Psalms 104 and 19 contain traces of a Hebrew…

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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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