Brigham Young University

The Psalms as Signifiers of Sacred Time and Space

Although some Christians continue to view the existence of the Psalms as prophetic expressions of King David, 1 most biblical scholars today views the Psalms primarily as an expression of the yearnings, experiences, and understanding of Israelites in their own time. For those scholars who work to correlate New Testament statements with a view of Old Testament prophecy, the Gospel writers took material that was broadly applicable to the covenant people, and applied it directly to their view of Jesus.2 In other words, the experiences of Israel expressed the future experiences of their Messiah, and became a type of His life that was understood by the gospel authors as representing him.

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