From Dignity to Disgrace: A Comparative Analysis of Psalms 8 and 14 -- By: Dan T. Lioy
Conspectus 15:1 (March 2013) p. 207
From Dignity to Disgrace: A Comparative Analysis of Psalms 8 and 14
This essay undertakes a comparative analysis of Psalms 8 and 14. Together, these hymns reveal that the Creator originally bestowed unparalleled dignity on human beings; yet, in their folly, the reprobates chose the path of indignity by rejecting God’s existence and their ultimate accountability to their Creator. Moreover, an examination of both these poems discloses that in a future day, the Lord will judge the wicked and vindicate the upright. Put another way, while condemnation and doom are the fate of evildoers, eternal glory and honour are the destiny of the righteous.
1.1.1. Key Focus
This essay undertakes a comparative analysis of Psalms 8 and 14. The study uses a text-centred, inner-canonical, and integrative hermeneutic to engage these two passages in their literary, historical, and theological contexts.
Conspectus 15:1 (March 2013) p. 208
Each generation finds an abundance of discoveries in God’s creation. In turn, these breakthroughs show how prolific are God’s mighty acts; but each fresh insight brings additional challenges and responsibilities. For instance, as Psalm 8 reveals, the more material and spiritual blessings God gives human beings, the greater their obligation to exercise wise stewardship according to the Lord’s commands recorded in the scriptures. Tragically, as Psalm 14 discloses, humankind’s greatest failure seems to be a lack of gratitude.
On the one hand, the research literature dealing individually with Psalms 8 and 14 is abundant, including exegetical and theological commentaries, specialised monographs, and peer-reviewed journal articles. On the other hand, a thorough search through various research databases (e.g. WorldCat, Dissertation Abstracts, EBSCOhost, ATLA Religion, JSTOR, and Google Scholar) does not surface any literature in which a comparative analysis of these two psalms is undertaken to explore what they jointly reveal about the nature of humankind’s response toward the Creator.
As indicated in 1.1.3 and 1.2 (respectively), a gap exists in the scholarly literature involving a compara...
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