Religion: Another Psalm?

The Old Testament contains 150 psalms that both Christians and Jews accept as divinely inspired. But the unknown compilers of the Psalter had hundreds of songs, most of them long ago lost, to choose from. Last week the Palestine Archaeological Museum in Jerusalem released the first translation of a newly discovered Hebrew poem that at one time may have been included among the canonical psalms.

The psalm comes from the most important of recent Dead Sea Scroll discoveries: a blackened, decaying goatskin Psalter that was dug up near Wadi Qumran by a Bedouin in 1956. After long and careful treatment, the scroll...

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