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Old Testament Essays

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RAMANTSWANA, Hulisani. David of the Psalters: MT Psalter, LXX Psalter and 11QPsa Psalter. Old testam. essays [online]. 2011, vol.24, n.2, pp. 431-463. ISSN 2312-3621.

The focus of this paper is on the Davidic figure as presented in the Psalters-the MT Psalter, LXX Psalter and 11QPsa Psalter. David of the MT Psalter is the same figure we encounter in the LXX Psalter and 11QPsa Psalter; however, it is David as he is remembered uniquely in each of the Editorial Variant Texts. The MT Psalter is compared with the LXX Psalter and 11QPsa Psalter. Contra Wilson, who argues that the MT Psalter deemphasises David when compared to the other textual witnesses, I argue that the MT Psalter is also susceptible to be read as a highly Davidic book. David is an important character in the Psalter and is the last of Israel's legendary figures mentioned within the bodies of the psalms. In the final analysis, the MT Psalter concludes with David, the sweet psalmist of Israel, remembered for directing Israel in the worship of Yahweh through unconditional praise, a praise resounding from every corner of the cosmos, Yahweh's temple.

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