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Citations From The Book Of Psalms

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After the Pentateuch, the Book of Psalms is the unit Philo quotes most often, approximately 17–18 times. After the Pentateuch, it was undoubtedly the part of Scripture most familiar to him and to his readers. Just like Philo’s references to the Pentateuch, the vast majority of his references to Psalms are also virtually verbatim citations from the Septuagint. In this chapter the data are presented in the form of two somewhat overlapping charts replete with footnotes, following which comes some relevant discussion. Chart I lists the Psalms according to the order of their appearance in Philo’s oeuvre. This chart serves as an overview, as well as an index, to facilitate their study in the context of their place in Philo’s writings, both relative to each other and in the different types of Philonic composition. Chart II contains most of the remaining pertinent information.

Keywords: book of Psalms; citations; Pentateuch; Philo’s oeuvre; Septuagint

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