This article was an attempt to (re-)read Psalms in the context of fractured cities, marked by
socio-economic inequalities, woundedness, migration and exclusion. It explored urban motifs
in selected psalms and considered their possible meanings in relation to both the socio-cultural
contexts in which they were written but also how they could be read and understood today. It
proposed the Psalms as urban poetry, and considered poems of praise, lament and resistance.
It brought the Psalms into conversation both with ‘remixed’ psalms and also with other urban
poems. A ‘remix’ is a technical term usually associated with altering, adding or changing songs or
music into a new version more appropriate or suitable for a new context. It is essentially a genre
that emerged from within urban popular culture. Finally, I suggested that an understanding of the
Psalms as urban poetry of praise, lament and resistance, in conversation with other urban poems,
can serve as a resource to unshackle our faith from the temple, from one city, or from human
institutions, evoking a daring new imagination for a new people, new city and new creation.
INTRADISCIPLINARY AND/OR INTERDISCIPLINARY IMPLICATIONS : The article explores contextual
readings of the Psalms as urban poetry, and retrieves other urban poems from different genres,
both in order to inform urban theological discourse and contextual theological reflections on
the fractured city.