Clothing Imagery as an Offensive Implement of Warfare and Honour within Psalms 108–110

Lodewyk Sutton

Abstract


Within the trilogy of Psalms 108–110 clothing imagery portrays an important part in establishing the development of honour within these three psalms. Within Book V of the Psalms this trilogy presents a theme of restoration after war (after the Babylonian exile). This is accomplished through a strong use of warfare images that are mainly demonstrated through the use of body and clothing (armour) imagery. This imagery indicates and conveys a strong message of restoration and of honour for the nation. Within war, clothing is considered as part of the armour and functions as part of a soldier’s protection. Within Psalms 108–110 the clothing imagery takes on a different function as it becomes an offensive implement of warfare rather than a defensive implement. In this restorative function the clothing imagery strengthens the development of honour within Psalms 108–110.


Keywords


Clothing Imagery; Psalms 108-110; restoration after war;

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