Thread Prompt: After reading John Day’s Article on the Imprecatory Psalms (access the PDF link below), you must develop answers to the prompts below (minimum 400 words). Interact with specific details and issues raised in the assigned article as you answer each of the prompts. You are permitted to use outside scholarly sources and the Bible in your responses.
- Explain what an imprecatory psalm is and how these align with other segments of the Old Testament (for instance, oracles of judgment in the prophets).
- Explain the concept of imprecation in the New Testament and in a general biblical theology.
- Based on the Day article, what is your view regarding the application of imprecatory psalms in light of Jesus’ “turn the other cheek” teaching. Does imprecation have a role in Christian living, ethics, and theology, and if so, what does that tangibly look like?