Using the Pe–Ayin Order of the Abecedaries of Ancient Israel to Date the Book of Psalms

@article{First2014UsingTP,
  title={Using the Pe–Ayin Order of the Abecedaries of Ancient Israel to Date the Book of Psalms},
  author={Michael First},
  journal={Journal for the Study of the Old Testament},
  year={2014},
  volume={38},
  pages={471 - 485}
}
  • M. First
  • Published 1 June 2014
  • History
  • Journal for the Study of the Old Testament
Various abecedaries with the unusual order of the letter pe preceding the letter ayin have been discovered in ancient Israel. These abecedaries date from 1200–600 bce. The pe–ayin order was already known from the acrostics of Lamentations 2–4, and from the Septuagint text of the acrostic of Proverbs 31. Scholars have not appreciated the significance of the pe–ayin order as an aid to dating the Psalms. The acrostic of Psalm 34 makes much more sense under the assumption that the pe verse preceded… 

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