I'm looking forward to a periodic local pastors' lunch today, and thought I'd share with you the topic we'll be
Here's the starting-point of the discussion—
Just to supplement and affirm that first point, I've long noted that the OT psalms are pretty much in the exact same style as pagan Canaanite poetry. For instance, consider Psalm 92:9 —
For, behold, Your enemies, O LORD,
For, behold, Your enemies will perish;
All who do iniquity will be scattered.
Now consider this line from a much-earlier Ugaritic poem to Baal:
Behold, thine enemies, O Baal,
Behold, thine enemies shalt thou crush,
Behold, thou shalt crush thy foes!
Similar? In form, yes, very. In content? A world of difference between Baal and Yahweh.
Weigh in as you see fit.