In its reference to the people's sins in the wilderness, Psalm 106 connects the episode of the spies to the future exile. This idea, that the exile came as a result of the sins of the ancestors, is not found in the Pentateuch. We do find it in Ezekiel 20, in the prophet's attempt to present the fate of Israel as foretold and deterministic. This paper asks why and in what way the psalmist adopts Ezekiel's idea and terminology. The psalmist cites Ezekiel's words almost entirely, acknowledging that the situation of the exile was predetermined. However, in its new context, this idea is altered as the psalmist highlights the people's ability to influence and ease the severity of their situation.
|Number of pages
|Zeitschrift fur die Alttestamentliche Wissenschaft
|Published - 1 Dec 2014
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Religious studies