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Psalms 16, 22, and 110. Historically Interpreted as Referring to Jesus

John E. McKinley
Published Online: 2012-09-20 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.2478/v10297-012-0010-8

Psalms 16, 22, and 110. Historically Interpreted as Referring to Jesus

Three Christological Psalms, 16, 22, and 110 are troublesome to modern interpreters as they are used by New Testament writers. Scholars in earlier centuries had little difficulty following the ways these psalms seemed to be counted in the New Testament as predictions of Jesus. This interpretation was continued in the Reformation but is strongly questioned by conservative and critical scholars today. The argument reviews the contextual commentary for important quotations of these psalms in the New Testament, and examines the special content of the psalms to conclude that the earlier interpreters are more trustworthy guides. The unusual New Testament usage and strange content of the psalms warrants the application of exceptional hermeneutical principles to read them properly in the biblical canon. The implications for a Christological reading of these psalms are explored for theological and practical value.

Keywords: Psalm 16; Psalm 22; Psalm 110; Christology; Jesus

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Published Online: 2012-09-20

Published in Print: 2012-06-01

Citation Information: Perichoresis, Volume 10, Issue 2, Pages 207–221, ISSN (Print) 2284-7308, DOI: https://doi.org/10.2478/v10297-012-0010-8.

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