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Title: The end of the Psalter
Author: Brodersen, Alma
Awarding Body: University of Oxford
Current Institution: University of Oxford
Date of Award: 2016
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"The End of the Psalter" argues, based on original text-critical and intertextual research, that Psalms 146-150 are originally separate texts, contrary to current Psalms research viewing them to be written partly as an originally coherent end of the Psalter. Firstly, rather than focussing on the Masoretic Text only, all three oldest text forms of each Psalm are interpreted separately: the Hebrew Masoretic Text as the oldest complete text form of the Hebrew Bible in its original language, and the older sources of the Hebrew Dead Sea Scrolls and the Greek Septuagint. The thesis highlights considerable differences in these three sources which call the supposed original coherence of Psalms 146-150 into question. Secondly, rather than merely listing other texts similar in their words or ideas, possible intertextual references are assessed using clear criteria and explicating consequences for the interpretation. The thesis demonstrates that intertextual references differ between each of the Psalms and between the sources, leading to shifts in aspects of content and to a lack of original connection of Psalms 146-150. Thirdly, rather than presupposing Psalms 146-150 as one originally coherent group, each Psalm is examined on its own. The thesis demonstrates that the individual Psalms 146-150 cannot originally be seen as one group, and that differences in the content of each individual Psalm should not be smoothed out. The thesis provides a new historical-critical commentary and intertextual analysis of Psalms 146, 147, 148, 149, and 150, each in all three different oldest text forms. It includes fresh translations and detailed comments on form, intertextuality, content, genre, and date, combined with a comparison of the different Psalms and text forms and an extensive evaluation of previous interpretations.
Supervisor: Barton, John Sponsor: Rhodes Trust
Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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Keywords: Intertextuality in the Bible