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Editorial Arrangement In Book IV Of The Psalter

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Groups of psalms subsequently combined into what ultimately became the Psalter. This chapter is concerned with Book IV of the Psalter. We may approach the question of editorial arrangement within the Psalter with four provisional hypotheses. The first is that the basic unit is normally the individual psalm. The second is that we may expect to find small groups of psalms with common features of form and/or content, which may well have been a reason for their collocation. The third is that occasionally one such group may have been inserted within another, in such a way as to obscure the homogeneity of the latter group. The last is that, although Pss. 1 and 146-150 may have been deliberately placed to open and close the final Psalter, there are plenty of indications that there was no attempt at a final editing of the complete Psalter.

Keywords: collocation; editorial arrangement; Psalms; Psalter



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