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The Second Book Of The Psalter

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This chapter presents the details of Psalms 42-72 of the Second Book of the Psalter. It discusses details of text, contents, transition markers, verbal repetitions in strophic perspective, quantitative structural aspects and various divisions for Psalms 42-72. Psalms 42-43 form a single poem consisting of three cantos, each of which is concluded by a refrain. The literary unity of these Masoretic psalms is also confirmed by many Hebrew manuscripts and by the fact that Psalm 43 has no title. In several places, the Hebrew text of Psalm 45 is difficult to understand and presumably has not been transmitted without flaws. The discussion of the strophic structure of Cantos II and III has revealed some linear correspondences between these main parts. The psalm is predominantly structured by a powerful linearly alternating parallelism between its successive cantos. This structure is for an important part based on conspicuous clusters of verbal repetitions.

Keywords: Psalms; quantitative structural aspects; transition markers; verbal repetitions



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