Most of Tehillim was written by David about himself. Are there any psalms that are considered prophecy or even messianic prophecy?

  • Rosh hashana 4a
    – Dr. Shmuel
    Jul 30, 2019 at 21:09
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    – Loewian
    Jul 30, 2019 at 21:37
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    Wouldn't Al Naharot Bavel be one example? How could David write about the destruction of the Bet Hamikdash unless he was prophetic?
    – DanF
    Jul 30, 2019 at 22:06
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    Wait, doesn't the Gemmorah say that others actually wrote it centuries after?
    – Al Berko
    Jul 31, 2019 at 5:27
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    Bava Batra 14b-15a, Rashi to Megillah 3a, 14a 9https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hebrew_Bible#Development_and_codification(
    – Al Berko
    Jul 31, 2019 at 5:38

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Mahartaz Chayus says (Rosh Hashana 4a) that it is perplexing why the Talmud (ibid.) refers to one of the psalm’s authors as prophet. He goes on to say that Tehilim is not said with nevuah only with ruach hakodesh.

  • very interesting, thank you.
    – Ephraim77
    Jul 31, 2019 at 23:40

Ibn Ezra says that the doxology that closes T'hilim 89 is David Hamelech's reaction to a messianic prophecy:

בָּר֖וּךְ ה' לְ֝עוֹלָ֗ם אָ֘מֵ֥ן וְאָמֵֽן׃

. . . about which he comments

הטעם שראה המשורר ברוח הקודש ביאת המשיח, על כן נתן הודות לשם.

This explanation may arise from a need to identify the motivation for this otherwise incongruously exultive line following a section of scathing despair over adversarial strife.

  • Beautiful final sentence. +1
    – Dr. Shmuel
    Jul 31, 2019 at 23:07
  • ...how ever he says ruach hakodesh, which is not nevuah.
    – Dr. Shmuel
    Jul 31, 2019 at 23:10

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