Psalms in Second Temple Communities

How did the diverse Jewish communities in the Second Temple period use the psalms? Dr. Nicholas Schaser explains which patterns they used to create new songs and also to "double-dip" and develop Messianic or Davidic expectations.

Why are there so many copies of Psalms in the Dead Sea Scrolls? What roll did the psalms play in Second Temple Judaism? Dr. Schaser takes us through how the Psalms were used by different Second Temple Jewish groups. We also have time at the end of the episode to explore what modern readers miss when we do not understand what Jesus is doing when he quotes one line from a psalm. Take for instance Psalm 22. What does it mean when Jesus quotes the first line of Psalm 22 from the cross?

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