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Qumranic Psalm 91: A Structural Analysis

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This chapter studies the Qumranic version of Psalm 91 in the collection of apocryphal psalms from Qumran (11QPsApa). By a structural analysis of the Psalm, the author seeks to explain its variant readings, mainly compared to the MT, arguing that an editor made divine protection and the believer's action in attaining this protection the explicit centre of the Psalm. As such, the Psalm works as an assurance of healing in the context of exorcism, which is the ritual function of the scroll. The author suggests that someone has edited the Qumranic version so that it is structurally made up of three distinct parts, i.e., stanzas. The first two stanzas have been modified to conform to a concentric pattern. This kind of pattern is very often used to close off a set of strophes as a stanza. The third stanza is made up of a single chiastic strophe.

Keywords: chiastic strophe; Dead Sea Scrolls; exorcism; Qumranic Psalm 91



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