Textual Criticism of the Hebrew Bible

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Uitgeverij Van Gorcum, 2001 - Religion - 456 pages
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Customers in North America who wish to purchase this publication, please contact Augsburg Fortress Press. First published in 1992, Emanuel Tov's Textual Criticism of the Hebrew Bible has rapidly established itself as the authoritative reference work for all those engaged in the study of the text of the Hebrew Bible. This thoroughly revised second edition will be welcomed by students and scholars alike. A wide range of readers will find this book accessible and indispensable. Emanuel Tov offers extensive descriptions of the major witnesses to the text of the Hebrew Bible-the Hebrew texts from Qumran, the Septuagint, the Masoretic Text-as well as the Aramaic Targumim, the Syriac translations, the Vulgate, and others. Special attention is given to the exegetical aspects of the textual transmission, literary issues, and the problem of the original shape of the biblical text. Praise for the First Edition: "Emanuel Tov is preeminent in the world in the field of Septuagint studies. This is a solid and durable work which, given its technical character, is written in a readable way." Frank Moore Cross, Harvard University "Nowhere else can you find such a thorough presentation of how the Bible was transmitted in Second Temple times ... This excellently written handbook represents a major step forward for biblical studies." Lawrence Schiffman, New York University "History will surely regard Emanuel Tov's monumental work as the definitive discussion of textual criticism of this generation. A 'must-have' for any serious scholar of the Bible!" Sidnie A. White, University of Nebraska "The basic reference work on the textual criticism of the Hebrew Bible for at least the next decade. This is amagisterial work which is badly needed and masterfully done." Journal for the Study of Judaism "This book will soon be viewed as a classic of biblical studies." Ralph W. Klein, Journal of Religion "Replete with examples, tables, plates, lucid definitions and explanations, as well as extensive bibliographies, the volume brings together a wealth of information not previously so accessible and makes the theory and practice of textual criticism easily understandable and visually clear." Judith E. Sanderson, Seattle University
  

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Contents

Introduction
2
B A Modern Approach to the Textual Criticism of the Bible
14
Textual Witnesses of the Bible
21
The Origin and Nature of fli
28
174915 p
31
Differences between codex L and biblical quotations in rabbinic literature p
34
Internal differences between medieval Masoretic manuscripts p
36
Quotations in BH from medieval MSS according to Kennicott p
38
Variant readings reconstructed from the ancient versions p 131
131
The History of the Biblical Text
155
The Copying and Transmitting of the Biblical Text
199
The presumed original orthography of some verses in Exodus 15
223
The Column Structure of a Qumran
231
Scribal corrections in 4QJera p 284
284
The Aim and Procedures of Textual Criticism
287
The Evaluation of Readings
293

Vocalization
39
Differences in vocalization between codex L and a Babylonian Yemenite manuscript sample p
45
Differences between the systems of Ben Asher and Ben Naftali sample p
46
The Character of the Tiberian Vocalization
47
Differences between the Tiberian vocalization and transliterations in Greek and Latin sources p
48
j Omission of the Scribes
67
Representative sample of the lists in Frensdorffs edition of Okhlah weOkhlah p
75
Editions of ffl
77
Small harmonizing changes in m p
87
Correction of unusual spellings in su p
90
Adaptation in us of unusual grammatical forms and constructions to a formal conception of the grammar p
91
Differences in content between ui and ffll and other sources p
92
Morphological differences between Si and m p
93
Synonymous words in fli and iu p
94
Differences in gutturals between Hi and m p
95
Differences in orthography between fli and MI in Genesis 49
96
The number of copies of the biblical manuscripts from Qumran as summarized in 2000 p 104
104
18 p 112
112
2228 p 114
114
Additional Witnesses
118
Select differences between fli and the Severus Scroll according to Siegel p 120
120
b Lectio Brevior Brevis Potior
305
Chapter 7
308
Textual Criticism and Literary Criticism
313
Differences between in and the reconstructed Vorlage
322
fll I and 0
327
16 p 329
329
fll 1 and 0
333
The two versions of the story of David and Goliath p 335
335
Different Stages of the Development of the Parallel
340
A large plus in 1 Samuel 11 in 4QSama p 342
342
Rearranged and Shorter Texts ?
346
Textual evaluations of readings which probably were created
349
Chapter 9
356
Critical Editions
371
Abbreviations and words frequently used in BH and BHS p 376
376
Plates
379
Ancient Sources
411
Authors
435
Subjects
443
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