The Dead Sea Scrolls and the Origins of the Bible

The Dead Sea Scrolls and the Origins of the Bible

by Eugene Charles Ulrich
     
 

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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

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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.

Editorial Reviews

Expository Times
It is excellent that this volume will make Ulrich's valuable work more widely known. He has opened up new ways of understanding how authoritative traditions were handled in the first centuries before the fall of the Temple in 70 CE.
Old Testament Essays
Ulrich outlines a comprehensive theory that reconstructs the complex development of the ancient texts that eventually came to form the Old Testament.... This volume, which represents the leading edge of research in the field of Dead Sea Scroll Studies, will be indispensable to everyone interested in the origins and development of the Hebrew Bible, in the pluriformity of the Biblical text, and in the canonical process and will contribute to a deeper appreciation of the world of Early Judaism and Christianity and of their continuing legacy today.
Booknews
Ulrich (Hebrew scriptures, U. of Notre Dame-Indiana), a pre-eminent Dead Sea scrolls scholar, has been editing the Qumran biblical scrolls for the past two decades. This volume contains 14 essays that he wrote over the years for various conferences and collections. They deal first with the Hebrew texts and then with the Greek and Old Latin texts, focusing on both general and specific aspects of the complex development of the ancient texts that eventually came to form the Old Testament. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9789004114937
Publisher:
BRILL
Publication date:
01/28/1999
Pages:
256
Product dimensions:
6.29(w) x 9.27(h) x 0.70(d)

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