What is the significance of the inscription in the Biblia Hebraica Stuttgartensia between the Psalter and the book of Job and what is the proper translation?

Annotation after Psalm 150

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The text in question is an end-note by an editor, fairly typical of printed editions of Biblia Hebraica Stuttgartensia. Thanks to a friend whose Hebrew is fluent (mine is not), I learned that the meaning is quite straightforward. It refers to the Book of Psalms. It simply summarizes the number of verses and sections:

  • sum of the verses of [the] book

  • two thousands and five hundred

  • and twenty and seven

  • and sections 19

The "sections" apparently refers to a reading schedule. Thanks to @Magicker72 at Mi Yodeya, I was able to discover what this means. It is an old division of the Hebrew Bible, no longer in use, into sections for scheduled reading.

Tanach Yomi helpfully provides a list which includes the 19 sedarim [divisions] for Psalms, with starting points at: 1:1, 11:7, 20:10, 29:11, 35:28, 41:14, 49:19, 57:12, 67:8, 72:20, 78:38, 84:13, 90:17, 101:1, 105:45, 111:10, 119:72, 128:6, and 140:14.

  • Thank you Dan. Very helpful.
    – ed huff
    Jul 15, 2023 at 23:49
  • @edhuff - just making sure you saw my edit. The division of the Psalms into 19 sections is an old system no longer in use. Jul 16, 2023 at 13:35
  • Very interesting. Thanks Dan for researching this. I also like to 'drill down' to uncover meaning.
    – ed huff
    Jul 17, 2023 at 23:17

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