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The Dead Sea Psalms Scroll & the Book of Psalms

May 9, 2009

Do check out Peter Flint’s bookThe Dead Sea Psalms Scroll & the Book of Psalms. It can be previewed here.


Among the Dead Sea Scrolls, Psalms are found in no less than thirty-nine manuscripts. This groundbreaking volume presents the first comprehensive study of these scrolls, by making available a wealth of primary data and investigating the main issues that arise.
The first part provides information which many scholars will find enormously helpful, such as descriptions of the manuscripts, listings of variant readings, a synopsis of superscriptions, and indices of contents of all the Psalms scrolls. The second part investigates the issues, some of which are relevant to the Book of Psalms itself (e.g. stabilization in two distinct stages), while others focus upon 11QPsa, the largest Psalms scroll (e.g. part of an edition of the Book of Psalms), and one involves the relation of these manuscripts to the Septuagint Psalter.

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  1. May 9, 2009 5:17 pm

    I have read parts of this volume. It provides a nice survey of the evidence. I would have to refresh my memory of what he argues to recall if I agreed with him or not.

    The Qumran Psalms evidence is surely quite important, but at the same time I do not think this evidence provides unequivocal clarification about the final form of the Psalter (we’ve been there, haven’t we?!).

    Nonetheless, I concur, a great volume–check it out.

  2. May 9, 2009 6:14 pm

    Thanks for this, Richard. What I’d like to know is if Ps 24 pops up anywhere in Qumran. It seems to be text-critically cursed. Precisely the sub-section it closes (15-24) is missing from the Aleppo Codex and from Q11Psa. 😦

  3. May 10, 2009 4:26 pm

    I would have to double check Phil, I am not too hot on Qumran but I’m working on changing that.

  4. May 11, 2009 1:31 am

    Phil (and Richard):

    There are several places you can look for very quick access to what is preserved at Qumran (and elsewhere in the Judean Desert) as well as where it is. Here are two I am aware of that are seminal, aside from the DJD series index.

    Washburn, David L. A Catalog of Biblical Passages in the Dead Sea Scrolls. Leiden/Boston:
    Brill, 2003.

    Ulrich, Eugene. “An Index of the Passages in the Biblical Manuscripts from the Judean Desert.” Dead Sea Discoveries 1 and 2 (2 parts), 1994.

    According to Ulrich, Ps 24 is not preserved at Qumran, but vv. 1-2 are preserved elsewhere.

  5. May 11, 2009 1:38 pm

    Thanks John.

  6. May 11, 2009 2:19 pm

    You got it. You know who to come to for the bibliography (and some insight, at times!).

  7. johnmartialking permalink
    May 1, 2010 7:02 pm

    May I suggest all to read PSALMS CODE for a fascinating interpretation of the psalms.

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