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Collections of biblical songs and prayers extracted from their contexts in other biblical books and compiled into anthologies are known as “biblical odes.” The phenomenon is attested in almost every language with Christian literary remains from antiquity and the Middle Ages. This article surveys collections of biblical odes in Greek, Latin, Coptic (Sahidic and Bohairic), Syriac, Arabic, Ethiopic, Armenian, Georgian, and Slavonic. Biblical odes are an anthological phenomenon and not a single textual tradition. Contents, sequence, and text-form vary from collection to collection, even in the same language. Biblical odes often circulated alongside or interwoven with the Psalms (I.10.1); occasionally, they circulated as independent books.

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Textual History of the Bible, Vol. 2


Armin Lange
Frank Feder
Matthias Henze


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