Diverse Water Symbols in the Psalms- Seas, Rivers, Streams, Wadis, Rain, Hail, Dew, Tears

Author: Willis, John
Year:2017
Pages:310
ISBN:1-4955-0526-X
978-1-4955-0526-3
Price:219.95
Different forms of water play a major role in creation, nature, historical events, and spiritual similes and metaphors concerning Yahweh, human beings, and religious concepts. This study is an indispensable tool in understanding and determining the meaning of biblical texts that employ these water symbols.

Reviews

“Dr. Willis has published extensively in virtually all areas of Old Testament studies. His scholarship demonstrates a comprehensive familiarity with the secondary sources and nuanced sensitivity to the intricacies of the scholarly discussion. This book reflects his untiring quest to fully understand the message of the biblical writers and share those insights with his colleagues and students.”
-Rick R. Marrs, Provost and Professor of Religion,
Pepperdine University


“It is a thorough and careful study of the use of the theme of water in the Psalms. This is an important and pervasive theme and this study will be of great help to those interested in the Psalms.”
-Professor Temper Longman,
Westmont College


Table of Contents

Introductory Considerations
Foreword
Chapter 1: Water in Creation

-Psalms 8:6,8 [Heb.8:7,9]
-Psalm 24:1-2
-Psalm 33:6-7
-Psalm 104:1-9,24-26
-Psalm 136:6
-Psalm 146:6
-Psalm 148:5-5

Chapter 2: Water in Nature
-Psalm 65:4, 9-13 [Heb.65:5, 10-14]
-Psalm 68:7-10 [Heb.68:8-11]
-Psalm 72:6
-Psalm 97:2
-Psalm 104:10-13,16
-Psalm 107:33-35
-Psalm 135;5-7
-Psalm 29
-Psalm147;8, 16-18
-Psalm 148:7-8

Chapter 3: Personification of Water
-Psalm 98:7-9
-Psalm 93:3
-Psalm 114:3-6

Chapter 4: Water as a Boundary and Boundary of Water
-Psalm 80:11 [Heb.80:12]
-Psalm 65:4-5 [Heb.65:5-6]
-Psalm 78:26-27
-Psalm 139:9-10
-Psalm 36:5-6 [Heb. 36:6-7]
-Psalm 18:15 [Heb. 18:16]
-Psalm 95:4
-Psalm 104:9

Chapter 5: Yahweh’s Mighty Acts Connected with Water
A. Crossing the Sea of Reeds [Exodus from Egypt]

-Psalm 66:5-7
-Psalm 74:12-17
-Psalm 77:16-20 [Heb. 7:17-21]
-Psalm 78:12-13
-Psalm 106:6-11,21-22
-Psalm 114:3-6
-Psalm 136:11-15
-Psalm 78:53
B. Water Flowing out of a Rock in the Wilderness
-Psalm 78:15-20
-Psalm 81:8 [Heb.81:8]
-Psalm 105:41
-Psalm 106:32
-Psalm 114:8
-Psalm 95:8-11
C.Two Plagues involving Water
1. Water into Blood
-Psalm 78:43-44
-Psalm 105:27-29
2. Thunder and Hail
-Psalm 78:47-48
-Psalm 105:32-33
D. Raining Manna in the Wilderness
-Psalm 78:23-24

Chapter 6: Water as a Symbol for Enemies, Distress and Depression and Death
A. Enemies

-Psalm 18
-Psalm 144:5-8
-Psalm 55:4-9 [Heb. 55:5-10]
-Psalm 11:6
-Psalm 66:10-12
-Psalm 69:1-2, 14-15 [Heb. 69:2-3, 15-16]
-Psalm 79:1-3
-Psalm 124:1-5
-Psalm 68:22-23 [Heb. 68:23-24]
B. Distress and Depression
-Psalm 32:6-7
-Psalm 50:1-3 [Heb. 40:2-4]
-Psalm 42:7 [Heb. 42:8]
-Psalm 46:1-3 [Heb. 46:2-4]
-Psalm 60:1-3 [Heb. 60:2-4]
-Psalm 75:8 [Heb. 75:9]
-Psalm 65:6-7 [Heb. 7-8]
C. Death
-Psalm 88:6-7,10-11,14-17 [Heb. 88:7, 11-12, 15-18]
-Psalm 89:5-16 [Heb. 89:6-16]
-Psalm 93:3-4
-Psalm 107:23-30
-Psalm 130:1-4

Chapter 7: Water as a Metaphor for Yahweh, the Source of Life
-Psalm 36:7 [Heb. 36:8-10]
-Psalm 68:26 [Heb. 69:11]
-Psalm 126:4

Chapter 8: Water: A Simile for the Law of the Lord
-Psalm 1:3
-Psalm 147:15-19

Chapter 9: Water: A Metaphor for Peace
-Psalm 23:1-3
-Psalm 46:4 [Heb. 46:5]
-Psalm 65:7 [Heb. 65:8]
-Psalm 137:1

Chapter 10: Water: A Symbol for Blessings
-Psalm 84:5-7 [Heb. 84:6-8]
-Psalm 1-7:35

Chapter 11: Dew: A Simile for Yahweh
-Psalm 133:3

Chapter 12: Dew: A Simile for Unity
-Psalm 133:3

Chapter 13: Water as a Means for Quenching Thirst
-Psalm 42:1-2 [Heb. 42:2-3]
-Psalm 63:1 [Heb. 63:2]
-Psalm 107:4-9

Chapter 14: Similes of Water involving Cursing the Wicked
-Psalm 58:6-9 [Heb. 58:7-10]
-Psalm 109:17-18
-Psalm 140:9-11 [Heb. 140:10-12]

Chapter 15: Tears: A Manifestation of Mourning
-Psalm 6:6-7 [Heb. 6:6-8]
-Psalm 30:1-5 [Heb. 30:2-6, 12]
-Psalm 31:9-10 [Heb. 31:10-11]
-Psalm 42:3 [Heb. 42:4]
-Psalm 56:8 [Heb. 56:9]
-Psalm 69:1-3 [Heb. 69:2-4]
-Psalm 80:4-5 [Heb. 80:5-6]
-Psalm 102:9
-Psalm 116:8
-Psalm 119:136
-Psalm 126:4-6

Chapter 16: Water: A Simile for Illness
-Psalm 22:14-15 [Heb. 22:15-16]
-Psalm 44:25 [Heb. 44:26]

Chapter 17: Washing Hands as a Symbol of Innocence
-Psalm 26:6-7
-Psalm 73:13-14
-Psalm 51:2,7 [Heb. 51:4,9]

Chapter 18: Water as a Symbol for Victory over Nations
-Psalms 68:11-16 [Heb. 68:12-17]
-Psalm 60:8 [Heb. 60-10]; 108:9 [Heb. 108:10]
-Psalm 96:10-13
-Psalm 110:6-7

Chapter 19: Exalted Clouds as a Symbol of Yahweh’s Faithfulness
-Psalm 36:6 [Heb. 36:6]; 57:10 [Heb. 57:11]; 108:4 [Heb. 108:5]

Chapter 20: The Sands of the Sea as a Symbol of Yahweh’s Thoughts
-Psalm 139:17-18

Chapter 21: Yahweh’s Judgments are like The Great Deep
-Psalm 36:6 [Heb. 36:7]

Summary