Sunday, October 21, 2012

A patriarch, an emperor, and an alp

For Robert Geiss'  weekly PsalmChallenge, here is Psalm 76.

1. For the leader; with instrumental music. A psalm. Of Asaph. A song.

2. Renowned in Judah is God; in Israel, His name is great;
3. His pavilion was in Shalem; His dwelling place in Zion. 
4. There He shattered the fiery arrows of the bow, the shield and the sword―the war.    Selah.

5. You are resplendent, more majestic than the mountains of prey.

6. The stouthearted were despoiled; they sank into their sleep; and none of the brave men could find their hands.
7. From Your rebuke, O God of Jacob, both chariot and horse lay stunned.

8. You―You are awesome! Who can withstand You? Your rage is from antiquity.
9. From heaven You pronounced legal ruling; the earth was quieted with awe
10. at the rising of God to judgment, to save all the lowly of the earth.  Selah.
11. Indeed, human wrath shall acknowledge You, and the last remnants of wrath You shall gird about You.
12 Make and fulfill vows to the LORD your God; all those around Him shall bear tribute to the Awesome One.
13. He breaks the spirit of princes; He is awesome to the kings of the earth.
Translation by Rabbi Benjamin Segal . He speaks of today's psalm as "Pax Jerusalem."
1. Abraham and the King of Jerusalem
stylized representation,  at the Tower of David
According to Biblical tradition, Abraham met with the king of Salem [in Hebrew: Shalem]: ". . . Melchizedek, king of Salem,  brought out bread and wine . . . and said, 'Blessed be Abram by God Most High, maker of heaven and earth' "
Genesis 14:18-19

2. A majestic  Swiss Alp

3. Statue of Hadrian, apparently used for the ritual worship of the emperor, was discovered in a camp of the Roman army.
One of the few extant bronze sculptures of an emperor from the Roman Period . . .
117-138 CE, bronze and lead
At the Israel Museum.
Discovered in the camp of the Sixth Roman Legion Ferrata, Tel Shalem, Beit Shean Valley.


SH -ic said...

happy sunday dear Dina <3

Anonymous said...

Thank you very much for your kind effort and always much awaited participation.

Wonderful to travel through time with your pictures, making the Psalm felt as if 'just happened'.

Please have a good start into the new week.

Hilda said...

"Pax Jerusalem" Of course, I can't help but think of your comment yesterday. May it come true again someday, and not only for Jerusalem.

Unfortunately, wars are not really about religion - much less, faith - but about "me" and power. :(

Spiderdama said...

I love with that pic no 2;-) great choice of pictures to this psalm.
Wish you a happy week Dina

Joan Elizabeth said...

I love that majestic mountain.

'Tsuki said...

What I do like about the first picture, it's the explanation in three languages (English, Arabics and Hebrew)...

Nice choice for the day. Have a wonderful week ahead, and see you next sunday.

spacedlaw said...

Funny how I am able to recognize Hadrian. I could blame Marguerite Yourcenar for this, I suppose...

VP said...

I didn't guess it was Hadrian from that beautiful bust!