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I. Terminology and Scope

The book of Psalms is a unique collection of 150 poetic texts compiled to make a work sui generis. Its Hebrew title תְּהִלִּים(סֵפֶר) /(sēper) tĕhillîm, “(Book of) Praises,” is already found at Qumran (earliest instance: 4QMa [= 4Q491] 174, 1st cent. bce). As in the New Testament occurrences from about a century later (Luke 20:42; Acts 1:20: βίβλος ψαλμῶν/bíblos psalmṓn), it appears to be used prima…

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Hartenstein, Friedhelm, Janowski , Bernd, Hartenstein , Friedhelm, Janowski, Bernd, Häußling, Angelus A., Plank , Peter, Völker, Alexander, Stefan, Hans-Jürg, Baldermann, Ingo and Klek , Konrad, “Psalms/Psalter”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 20 July 2024 <>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013

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