about numbering psalms
- "My question would be was there and sort of numbering system taht was
employed by Jerome or Philo, by the Rabbics of the Exilic period, or back
even to Solomon and David?"
Except for things like Jerome's counting the number of books that comprise
the Jewish canon (Contra Apion 1.38-40), and the attribution of some 4,050
compositions to David (11Q5 27.4-11), it doesn't seem as though ancient
Jews or their Israelite forebears numbered any chapters or psalms until,
perhaps, the 6th century CE at the very earliest. But I'm still looking
William Yarchin, Ph.D.
Dean's Endowed Professor of Biblical Studies
Azusa Pacific University
626/969-3434 ext. 5683
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