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Title: Die Knechte im Psalter
Subtitle: Ein Beitrag zu seiner Kompositionsgeschichte
Author(s): BERGES, Ulrich
Journal: Biblica
Volume: 81    Issue: 2   Date: 2000   
Pages: 153-178
DOI: 10.2143/BIB.81.2.3200430

Abstract :
The occurrence and the often purposely-arranged placing of 'servants' in the Psalter have a very close affinity to the position of the עבדים in the Book of Isaiah. Hence it is legitimate to conclude that both texts deal with the same circle of tradents. This group of servants understood themselves to be successors of the extinct monarchy which existed under the Davidic and Solomonic monarchy. The return from the exile and the Diaspora and the reconstruction of Zion and Jerusalem are especially important for this group. In both books there is a concept of Israel as being open towards the nations. Since they belong chronologically to the era of Nehemiah, the 'servants' in the Book of Isaiah are due to the final composers of the whole composition, whereas in the Psalter they are due to the next to last ones.

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