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Variant editions of the Psalter?

May 10, 2009

Although there is still no consensus on this point, most indicators point toward a pair of variant editions of the biblical Psalter in the late Second Temple period. 11QPs^a, followed by 11QPs^b and possibly 4QPs^e, displays an expanded and somewhat differently arranged series of psalms. The preserved LXX (not necessarily the OG) of Psalms mostly follows the MT arrangement, although it does, in agreement with 11QPs^a, include Psalm 151 at the end. Interestingly, there is no Psalm manuscript from Qumran, and only one from Masada (MasPs^b), “whose order unambiguously supports the received Psalter against the 11QPs^a arrangement.”

Ulrich, E. (1999) The Dead Sea Scrolls and the Origins of the Bible. Eerdmans. pp. 229

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