n Ekklesiastikos Pharos - Encountering God with the psalmist : an affective approach to Psalm 63 : research article

Volume 95, Issue 1
  • ISSN : 1018-9556



This study approaches Psalm 63 from the perspective of Christian spiritualities of encounter. The passionate tone of Psalm 63, along with its prominent theme of divine encounter, resonate deeply with the Christian traditions that value encounter with God and spiritual transformation. The author argues that a holistic interpretation of Scripture (especially the poetic literature) must include attention to the affective dimension of the text and to the affective concerns of the interpreter. The affections have a role in the interpretation of Scripture, and the affections of the interpreter should be formed/transformed by the encounter with the biblical text. After arguing for the affective approach and outlining its components, an affective interpretation of Psalm 63 that intersects with Christian spirituality is offered. The article concludes with implications of the study for discipleship and Christian formation.

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