Among the Dead Sea Scrolls, Psalms are found in no less than thirty-nine manuscripts. This groundbreaking volume presents the first comprehensive study of these scrolls, by making available a wealth of primary data and investigating the main issues that arise. The first part provides information which many scholars will find enormously helpful, such as descriptions of the manuscripts, listings of variant readings, a synopsis of superscriptions, and indices of contents of all the Psalms scrolls. The second part investigates the issues, some of which are relevant to the Book of Psalms itself (e.g. stabilization in two distinct stages), while others focus upon 11QPsa, the largest Psalms scroll (e.g. part of an edition of the Book of Psalms), and one involves the relation of these manuscripts to the Septuagint Psalter.
Peter W. Flint, Ph.D. (1993) in Biblical Studies, University of Notre Dame, is Associate Professor of Religious Studies and a Director of the Dead Sea Scrolls Institute at Trinity Western University in Canada. He has published several articles on the Psalms, the Scrolls, and the Septuagint, and is one of the official Editors of the Dead Sea Scrolls.
...an indispensable tool and work of reference...for all those who want to participate in this interesting and ongoing discussion.' Michaël N. van der Meer,
Journal for the Study of Judaism, 1999. '
All in all, this is a fascinating and thought-provoking volume...he is to be thanked for providing this gold mine of textual information...' Brent A. Strawn,
Peter Flint has put us all in his debt with this imposing study.' James A. Sanders,
Dead Sea Discoveries, 1999. '
...it contributes most significantly to the study of the textual history of the Hebrew Bible altogether.' Shemaryahu Talmon,
Journal of Biblical Literature. '
Flint's major study of the Psalms at Qumran will be a standard reference work and a focus of discussion for a long time to come. All interpreters of the Psalms are indebted to him.' Patrick D. Miller,
The Catholic Biblical Quarterly, 2000. ‘
…a much needed treatment of the corpus of Dead Sea Psalms Scrolls…the first comprehensive study of this subject…’ Johann Cook,
Journal of Northwest Semitic Languages, 2001.
This book will prove especially valuable to scholars of the Hebrew Bible, the Psalms, the Canon of Scripture, the Dead Sea Scrolls, Septuagint studies, and Textual Criticism, as well as those doing exegesis and Bible translation.