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The Psalms in Early Syriac Tradition

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The Psalms played a major part in the life of many communities in Jewish and Christian traditions. In the same way the Psalter played an enormous role in the history of the Syriac-speaking churches. The majority of the manuscripts containing the Psalms in the Peshitta are Psalters that is Hymnbooks or books for ecclesiastical services. This chapter deals with the translation of the Psalter in Syriac, the headings of the Psalms, commentaries on the Psalms and a small collection of Syriac Apocryphal Psalms. The version of the Psalms contained in the Peshitta must be regarded as the most important and the oldest of the extant Syriac versions of the Psalter. The translations of the different books of the Peshitta are related to a Hebrew original (or rather a number of originals for the different books of the Old Testament that were translated into Syriac).

Keywords: Christian tradition; early Syriac tradition; Jewish tradition; Peshitta; Psalms; Psalters



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