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The Fifth Book of the Psalter

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This chapter presents texts, contents, transition markers, verbal repetitions in strophic perspective, quantitative structural aspects, various divisions and comments and summary of Psalter 107-119 in the Fifth Book of the Psalter. The long poem Psalm 107 is almost exclusively composed of bicola. It is only the concluding verseline of the introductory canto (v. 3). The poetic lines always coincide with the Masoretic delimitation of the verses. The division of Psalm 107 into some major sections is unproblematic. It is generally agreed that vv. 1-3, in which the redeemed by the Lord are called to praise his steadfast love, functions as an introductory unit. The current interpretation of Psalm 107 is based on the mistaken assumption that on the one hand there is a rather smooth transition from vv. 4-22 to vv. 23-32 and on the other hand a major caesura between vv. 32 and 33.

Keywords: bicola; Fifth Book of the Psalter; Psalm 107



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