The Dead Sea Scrolls And The Origins Of The Bible

The Dead Sea Scrolls And The Origins Of The Bible

by Eugene Ulrich
     
 

The Dead Sea Scrolls from Qumran provide the oldest, best, and most direct witness we have to the origins of the Hebrew Bible. Prior to the discovery of the Scrolls, scholars had textual evidence for only a single, late period in the history of the biblical text, leading them to believe that the text was uniform. The Scrolls, however, provide documentary evidence a… See more details below

Overview

The Dead Sea Scrolls from Qumran provide the oldest, best, and most direct witness we have to the origins of the Hebrew Bible. Prior to the discovery of the Scrolls, scholars had textual evidence for only a single, late period in the history of the biblical text, leading them to believe that the text was uniform. The Scrolls, however, provide documentary evidence a thousand years older than all previously known Hebrew manuscripts and reveal a period of pluriformity in the biblical text prior to the stage of uniformity.

In this important collection of studies, Eugene Ulrich, one of the world's foremost experts on the Dead Sea Scrolls, outlines a comprehensive theory that reconstructs the complex development of the ancient texts that eventually came to form the Old Testament. Several of the essays set forth his pioneering theory of "multiple literary editions," which is replacing older views of the origins of the biblical text.

The Dead Sea Scrolls and the Origins of the Bible represents the leading edge of research in the exciting field of Scrolls studies.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780802846112
Publisher:
Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing
Publication date:
06/01/1999
Series:
Studies in the Dead Sea Scrolls and Related Literature Series
Pages:
328
Product dimensions:
6.14(w) x 9.21(h) x 0.69(d)

Table of Contents

Preface
Abbreviations and Sigla
Pt. 1The Scrolls and the Hebrew Bible
1The Community of Israel and the Composition of the Scriptures3
2The Bible in the Making: The Scriptures at Qumran17
3Double Literary Editions of Biblical Narratives and Reflections on Determining the Form to Be Translated34
4The Canonical Process, Textual Criticism, and Latter Stages in the Composition of the Bible51
5Pluriformity in the Biblical Text, Text Groups, and Questions of Canon79
6Multiple Literary Editions: Reflections Toward a Theory of the History of the Biblical Text99
7The Palaeo-Hebrew Biblical Manuscripts from Qumran Cave 4121
8Orthography and Text in 4QDan[superscript a] and 4QDan[superscript b] and in the Received Masoretic Text148
Pt. 2The Scrolls, the Septuagint, and the Old Latin
9The Septuagint Manuscripts from Qumran: A Reappraisal of Their Value165
10Josephus's Biblical Text for the Books of Samuel184
11Origen's Old Testament Text: The Transmission History of the Septuagint to the Third Century C.E.202
12The Relevance of the Dead Sea Scrolls for Hexaplaric Studies224
13The Old Latin Translation of the LXX and the Hebrew Scrolls from Qumran233
14Characteristics and Limitations of the Old Latin Translation of the Septuagint275
Acknowledgments290
Index of Modern Authors292
Index of Ancient Literature298

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