The Qumran Psalter and the medieval Palestinian Tefillat ha-Shir

Vered Raziel Kretzmer*, Jonathan Ben-Dov

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This article investigates the linkage between two Jewish Palestinian liturgical customs, a millennium apart: a collection of psalms attested among the Dead Sea Scrolls, best preserved in the scroll 11Q5 or 11QPsa; and the practice of Tefillat ha-Shir ("the Song"), added to Pesukei deZimrah in the Palestinian prayer books from the Cairo Genizah. Two main elements are examined: the use of the Songs of Ascent, and the emphasis on the Davidic authorship. We conclude that there is no genetic link between the two collections. Their typological resemblance, however, demonstrates the shared themes and motifs of Qumran and rabbinic prayer.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationOn Wings of Prayer
Subtitle of host publicationSources of Jewish Worship; Essays in Honor of Professor Stefan C. Reif on the Occasion of his Seventy-fifth Birthday
Publisherde Gruyter
Number of pages18
ISBN (Electronic)9783110630282
ISBN (Print)9783110629958
StatePublished - 22 Jul 2019
Externally publishedYes


  • Cairo Genizah
  • Jewish prayer
  • Palestinian rite
  • Psalms
  • Qumran psalms scroll
  • Songs of ascent
  • Tefillat Ha-Shir


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