Master of Divinity (M.Div.)
Enemies, Lament, Psalms, Suffering, Worship
Biblical Studies | Christianity | Practical Theology
Cooper, Dan, "But You are a Man Like My Equal: An Exploration of the Suffering of the Righteous at the Hands of Fellow Community Members" (2014). Masters Theses. 328.
This thesis explores book two of the Psalms and how it displays and reacts to the theme of the suffering of the righteous at the hands of fellow community members. It explores the nationality, tactics, and motivations of the enemies in Psalms 52, 53, 55, 62, 64, 69, 70, and 71. It is shown that the Psalmist is often pitted against other Israelites who are even within his religious circle. These enemies who are closest to the psalmist employ certain tactics and are motivated by specific worldviews. The concluding chapter explores the implications for worship and theology that these findings pose.