The Prayer of Manasseh

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The Prayer of Manasseh

The Prayer of Manasseh is a short work of 15 verses recording a penitential prayer attributed to king Manasseh of Judah. The majority of scholars believe that the Prayer of Manasseh was written in Greek (while a minority argues for a Semitic original) in the second or first century BCE.[1][2] It is recognised that it could also have been written in the first half of the 1st century CE, but in any case before the Destruction of the Second Temple in 70 CE.[2] Another work by the same title, written in Hebrew and containing distinctly different content, was found among the Dead Sea Scrolls.