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G. H. Wilson’s Theories On The Organization Of The Masoretic Psalter

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The late Gerald H. Wilson is generally acknowledged as the first to apply canonical criticism to the study of the Psalter in the clearest and most comprehensive way. Wilson took his cue from the Mesopotamian hymnic literature to examine the Hebrew Psalter to see if there was any notable way in which the titles and postscripts of the individual psalms were arranged. Wilson is also recognised for his important contribution to the argument for a two-stage process of canonization of the Masoretic Psalter. His arguments for a two-segment Masoretic Psalter are based on his observation of the difference in the organization of the psalms in Books I, II, and III and that of Books IV and V, and the important comparative data from Qumran. This chapter examines Wilson's theories on the organization of the Masoretic Psalter.

Keywords: canonization; G. H. Wilson; Hebrew Psalter; Masoretic Psalter; Mesopotamian hymnic literature; psalms; Qumran



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