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The division of the Book of Psalms into five books in line with the Torah was first created by the doxology of Ps cvi 48 which repeats Ps xli 14 verbatim and combines it with a quotation of Dtn xxvii 16ff. (cf. Neh viii 1-6). The three other doxologies which divide the Book of Psalms relate to the former separate collections: Ps xli 14 concludes the first Davidic Psalter Pss iii-xli, Ps lxxii 18-19 rounds off the 'elohistic' Davidic Psalter Pss li-lxxii, and Ps lxxxix 53 concludes the 'messianic' Psalter Pss ii-lxxxix.


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