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date: 17 November 2019

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The book of Psalms has had an impact on almost every facet of human life, from liturgy to architecture, poetry to politics, and medicine to music. The discipline that studies the diverse trajectories of the uses and influences of texts such as the book of Psalms throughout history is known as reception history. This article examines the reception history of one particular psalm, Psalm 91 (90 LXX), by focusing on two of its general trajectories: as an apotropaic amulet and as a prophecy of domination. Psalm 91, mentioned three times in the New Testament, has been interpreted as a statement or enactment of divine protection from demons. Aside from being understood in terms of personal protection and anti-demonic apotropaism, Psalm 91 also features the intertwined themes of power, domination, and theological authority that would continue to inform its many readings through the centuries.

Keywords: Psalms, liturgy, reception, Psalm 91, domination, divine protection, demons, apotropaism, power, theological authority

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