Psalm 16 is one of the most well-known Psalm texts of the Psalter.
This can be attributed, among other reasons, to the fact that the NT,
specifically the Acts of the Apostles, applied this text to the life of
Jesus of Nazareth. The quotations from Psalm 16 in the book of Acts
thus got a messianic-Christological meaning. If we, however, take a
look at the text of Psalm 16, it seems that this psalm does not contain
any direct messianic conceptions. Neither does it refer to the
resurrection of the flesh. There are, however, features in the Greek
translation (LXX) of this psalm which offered an opportunity to the
New Testament authors to apply the text to Jesus – specifically to
his resurrection from death. In part I this article will focus on the
MT text of Psalm 16. Part II will focus on its application in Acts of
the Apostles, as well as the hermeneutical background of the author(
s) of the Acts.