Herod the Great, Sosius, and the siege of Jerusalem (37 B.C.E.) in psalm of Solomon 17Novum Testamentum (1996)
Psalm of Solomon 17 is a prayer containing the earliest explicit intertestamental expectation of a Davidic messiah. The first portion of the psalm expresses the condemnations of a devout Jew against illegitimate Jewish sinners who had wrongly usurped the Davidic throne, only to be subsequently overthrown by a foreign ruler (vss. 1-10). The oppression under this new regime had become so unbearable that the author’s community was forced to flee Jerusalem for their lives (vss. 11-17). The remainder of the psalm (vss. 21-46) is an extended plea describing the writer’s believe that the Lord’s Messiah will shortly overthrow both the local and foreign sinners and inaugurate an eternal reign of peace. Traditionally, most scholars have identified Pompey as the foreign ruler condemned throughout Ps. Sol. 17.
Publication DateJanuary 1, 1996
Citation InformationKenneth Atkinson. "Herod the Great, Sosius, and the siege of Jerusalem (37 B.C.E.) in psalm of Solomon 17" Novum Testamentum Vol. 38 Iss. 4 (1996) p. 313 - 322
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