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David And His Two Women An Analysis Of Two Poems In The Psalms Scroll From Qumran (11q5)

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This chapter focuses on two of those poems in the Psalms Scroll that are not included in the biblical Psalter: one of them has been known previously from quite a different context, namely from the Book of Sirach (Sir 51:13-19); the other one is a previously unknown text, the Apostrophe to Zion. However, when it is read in continuation with the previous prayer of the son of Sirach, and as the concluding part of Sirach, the 'I' of this section can be none other than Jesus, the son of Sirach-the sage explicitly introduced in the prologue of the book as the author. The result of reading the Apostrophe to Zion as a continuation of the Sirach poem is that the female aspect is brought into focus. In the first one, David talks about the woman, in the second, he talks to the woman.

Keywords: Apostrophe to Zion; Book Of Sirach; David; poems; Psalms Scroll; Qumran (11Q5); Raija Sollamo



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