Summary of Psalms

Date: 6th-3rd Centuries B.C.E.

Description: The book of Psalms is the first book of Kethuvim, or Writings-probably because of its size and significance and also perhaps because it was the first book in Kethuvim to become authoritative. Psalms is a collection, actually a collection of collections, of poetic prayers. The origin of most of these poetic prayers is lost in obscurity, but they were preĀ­served because they were likely used liturgically in ancient Israel, certainly in the Second Temple and in some cases perhaps in the First Temple era.

Brettler, Marc Zvi The Jewish Study Bible, The Jewish Publication Society, 1999


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