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The Elohistic Psalter And The Writing Of Divine Names At Qumran

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This chapter explores the Sadducean rulings and suggests some early hints for similar ideology and practice. One should distinguish the use of Elohim as a Divine name in the early sources of the Pentateuch from its use in late- and post-biblical literature. While Elohim in the Pentateuch is used in primary compositions, i.e., in texts whose authors had some theological preference for using the name Elohim, the examples discussed in the chapter are taken mostly from secondary literature, i.e., literature which copies earlier compositions while replacing YHWH by Elohim. This is the situation, for example, in the book of Chronicles, in the Elohistic Psalter (EP), and in a group of scrolls from Qumran. The chapter suggests that the practices for avoiding the Tetragram began not only in the Hasmonean era, as is commonly thought, but in a significantly earlier time during the Persian period.

Keywords: Divine name; Elohistic Psalter (EP); Qumran



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