Davidic Literature: Psalms and Messiah

Davidic Dynasty

2 Samuel 7:12-17 — promise of eternal dynasty

“Son of God”

Responses to the end of the monarchy (Babylonian Exile)

It was conditional all along

The whole nation is God’s firstborn son

The monarchy will be restored politically

The monarchy will be restored supernaturally

anointed one → messiah → Messiah → Christ

Followers of Jesus

Jesus is son of David, King of the Jews, fulfills the Psalms

Psalm 89

Psalm 22

Psalm 110

Form criticism

Small oral units

Close relationship between

  1. Formal features
  2. Ideas
  3. Social location

Major forms of Psalms


Enthronement of God




Royal psalms

Wisdom psalms