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Biblical Poetry

Psalms 8
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Psalms 8

The Hebrew Bible 8For the leader; on the gittith. A psalm of David. 2O Lord, our Lord, How majestic is Your name throughout the earth, You who have covered the heavens with Your splendor! 3From the mouths of infants and sucklings You have founded strength on account of Your foes, to put an end to […]

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Psalms 1-2
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Psalms 1-2

The Hebrew Bible 1Happy is the man who has not followed the counsel of the wicked, or taken the path of sinners, or joined the company of the insolent; 2rather, the teaching of the Lord is his delight, and he studies that teaching day and night. 3He is like a tree planted beside streams of […]

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Psalms – Examples of Forms, Christine Hayes.
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Psalms – Examples of Forms, Christine Hayes.

The Hebrew Bible 1. Hymns of praise, trust or thanksgiving — 8, 19,23,24,46,103, 104, 114,115,118,131,136,139,150. 2. Enthronement, Royal or Messianic Psalms — 93, 96, 97, 98, 99; 2, 21,45,72, 110. 3. Psalms of Lament, Petition, and Indebtedness n 22, 44, 55, 74, 78, 79,80,105,106. 4. Psalms of Blessing and Cursing — 1, 109, 137. 5. […]

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Psalms and Song of Songs, Christine Hayes, Open Yale Courses (Transcription), 2006.
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Psalms and Song of Songs, Christine Hayes, Open Yale Courses (Transcription), 2006.

Okay, so having studied Job, we’ve seen that the Bible is not a book with a single uniform style and message. It’s an anthology of diverse works that may have different, conflicting points of view. So the conventional religious piety of Proverbs, the firm belief in a system of divine reward and punishment, that’s so […]

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Introduction, Nahum Sarna, Songs of the Heart, Schocken Books, NY, 1993.
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Introduction, Nahum Sarna, Songs of the Heart, Schocken Books, NY, 1993.

In the Law and the Prophets, God reaches out to man. The initiative is His. The message is His. He communicates, we receive. Our God-given free will allows us to be receptive, to be accepting, to turn a deaf ear, to reject. In the Psalms, human beings reach out to God. The initiative is human. […]

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Pesher Psalms, Lawrence H. Schiffman, Reclaiming the Dead Sea Scrolls, Jewish Publication Society, Philadelphia 1994.
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Pesher Psalms, Lawrence H. Schiffman, Reclaiming the Dead Sea Scrolls, Jewish Publication Society, Philadelphia 1994.

Pesher Psalms is represented in three manuscripts. Because these manuscripts do not overlap, we cannot be sure that they represent the same text, although it is most likely they do. Pesher Psalms from cave 1 includes scattered verses from Psalms 57 and 68. From cave 4, Pesher Psalms A covers parts of Psalms 37, 45, […]

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Psalms, Lawrence H. Schiffman, Reclaiming the Dead Sea Scrolls, Jewish Publication Society, Philadelphia 1994.
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Psalms, Lawrence H. Schiffman, Reclaiming the Dead Sea Scrolls, Jewish Publication Society, Philadelphia 1994.

Much of the debate about canon at Qumran has swirled about the question of the contents of the Psalms Scroll from cave 11. This scroll contains excerpted portions of the last part of the Book of Psalms interspersed with other noncanonical materials, in the following order- Psalms 101–103, 109, 105, 146, 148, 121–132, 119, 135–136, […]

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Tosefta Yadayim 2:14: The Biblical Canon and Divine Inspiration
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Tosefta Yadayim 2:14: The Biblical Canon and Divine Inspiration

Greco-Roman Period Lawrence H. Schiffman, Texts and Traditions, Ktav, Hoboken 1998, p.120. In the debate concerning the biblical canon, Rabbi Simeon explains canonical status as dependent on divine inspiration. In spite of his ruling that Ecclesiastes is only wisdom, both the Song of Songs and Ecclesiastes are considered part of the twenty-four books of the […]

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