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Sabbath Songs
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(ShirShabb). The Songs of the Sabbath Sacrifice is a liturgical cycle of 13 related compositions. Each is dated to one of the first 13 Sabbaths of the year, according to the solar calendar. Nine manuscripts were found at Qumran (4Q400–407, 11Q17), and one at Masada (Mas 1k).

The songs invoke and describe the praise of the angelic priests in the heavenly temple. Each song begins with a heading, “For the Maskil” (“Instructor”), and the date formula. The song proper opens with a call to praise, introduced by the imperative “halle…

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Newsom, Carol A., “Sabbath Songs”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 21 May 2019 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1877-5888_rpp_SIM_124680>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013



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