n HTS : Theological Studies - 'n Eko-billike beoordeling van Psalm 148

Volume 60, Issue 3
  • ISSN : 0259-9422
  • E-ISSN: 2072-8050



<b>An eco-just evaluation of Psalm 148</b> <br>Eco-justness determines whether the earth and her inhabitants are treated in their own right as subjects, and not only as objects to be acted upon. At first glance it seems as if Psalm 148 is eco-just. The poet encompasses all of creation in this hymn of praise to Yahweh. However, it does not pass the test of eco-justness. Many (older) commentators go along with the male ideological thrust of the psalm, without questioning the maleness of Yahweh. The construct of Yahweh as the "super" male, symbolising Israel's success as a nation, is not good news for eco-sensitivity and eco-responsibility. Female earth becomes very vulnerable within this shaping of society always aimed at serving male hegemony, values and interests. To uncritically reinscribe Psalm 148's androcentric, ideological stance will simultaneously lead to an impoverishment and a one dimensional view of life in general.

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