Title

Psalm 93: An Exegetical Study of the Psalm and its Relationship to Ancient Near Eastern Mythology

Date of Award

4-3-2009

Document Type

Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Theology (Th.M)

Department

Historical Theology

First Advisor

William D. Barrick

Abstract

Does the Bible depend upon ancient Near Eastern l literature? Does it need to? If so, how much? If not, why not? These questions evoke much debate among contemporary scholarship. It is often understood that ancient Israel borrowed much from other pagan cultures from that milieu. Does this fact curtail or even make light of the biblical affirmation that all Scripture is "inspired by God" (2 Tim 3: 16)?2 Some argue that the biblical record only seized ideas rather than entire poems or psalms or phrases. Others take umbrage with this and endeavor to clarify that the biblical writers wrote without any dependence or borrowing whatsoever from the pagan, polytheistic, and syncretistic peoples.