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Psalms and Inscriptions

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The biblical psalms have been studied extensively in the light of extra-biblical materials from the ancient Near East, especially those from Mesopotamia. Less attention for understandable reasons has been given to the relationship of the Psalms to the growing corpus of Hebrew inscriptions and those from neighboring areas during the Iron Age. The cave inscriptions and drawings from Khirbet Beit Lei present a number of affinities with the biblical Psalms. But the discoveries of more recent times since about 1960 have presented us with inscriptions demonstrating more and greater affinities with the Psalms. Thirty-five years ago H. L. Ginsberg published an important article entitled "Psalms and Inscriptions of Petition and Acknowledgment". An excellent and important example is Psalm lxix already alluded to in regard to Inscription A. A curse inscription serves to demonstrate the inter-connections of these inscriptions as well as the relationships with the various Psalms such as lxix, lxxiv, and lxxix.

Keywords: Hebrew inscriptions; Khirbet Beit Lei; Psalms

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