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The Dead Sea Scrolls and the Origins of the Bible : Studies in the Dead Sea Scrolls and Related Literature - Eugene C. Ulrich

The Dead Sea Scrolls and the Origins of the Bible

Studies in the Dead Sea Scrolls and Related Literature

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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.

Journal for the Study of Judaism "A superb overview of the ways in which the Qumran biblical scrolls help us to understand the development of the Hebrew texts of the Bible. . . . This collection of essays is an excellent and balanced introduction to the development and the pluriformity of the biblical texts, which should be read by students and scholars alike. "Journal of Biblical Literature "There are few scholars in the field of textual criticism of the Hebrew Bible with more breadth and depth of knowledge than Eugene Ulrich. . . His theoretical writings on the subject of text criticism have been scattered in various Festschriften and other volumes. The present volume does a welcome service in bringing together these essays into one collection. . . It is a 'must-have' on any text critic's shelf."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."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." Journal for the Study of Judaism -A superb overview of the ways in which the Qumran biblical scrolls help us to understand the development of the Hebrew texts of the Bible. . . . This collection of essays is an excellent and balanced introduction to the development and the pluriformity of the biblical texts, which should be read by students and scholars alike. -Journal of Biblical Literature -There are few scholars in the field of textual criticism of the Hebrew Bible with more breadth and depth of knowledge than Eugene Ulrich. . . His theoretical writings on the subject of text criticism have been scattered in various Festschriften and other volumes. The present volume does a welcome service in bringing together these essays into one collection. . . It is a 'must-have' on any text critic's shelf.-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.-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.- Journal for the Study of Judaism "A superb overview of the ways in which the Qumran biblical scrolls help us to understand the development of the Hebrew texts of the Bible. . . . This collection of essays is an excellent and balanced introduction to the development and the pluriformity of the biblical texts, which should be read by students and scholars alike. " Journal of Biblical Literature "There are few scholars in the field of textual criticism of the Hebrew Bible with more breadth and depth of knowledge than Eugene Ulrich. . . His theoretical writings on the subject of text criticism have been scattered in various Festschriften and other volumes. The present volume does a welcome service in bringing together these essays into one collection. . . It is a 'must-have' on any text critic's shelf." 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." 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."

Preface
Abbreviations and Sigla
The Scrolls and the Hebrew Bible
The Community of Israel and the Composition of the Scripturesp. 3
The Bible in the Making: The Scriptures at Qumranp. 17
Double Literary Editions of Biblical Narratives and Reflections on Determining the Form to Be Translatedp. 34
The Canonical Process, Textual Criticism, and Latter Stages in the Composition of the Biblep. 51
Pluriformity in the Biblical Text, Text Groups, and Questions of Canonp. 79
Multiple Literary Editions: Reflections Toward a Theory of the History of the Biblical Textp. 99
The Palaeo-Hebrew Biblical Manuscripts from Qumran Cave 4p. 121
Orthography and Text in 4QDan[superscript a] and 4QDan[superscript b] and in the Received Masoretic Textp. 148
The Scrolls, the Septuagint, and the Old Latin
The Septuagint Manuscripts from Qumran: A Reappraisal of Their Valuep. 165
Josephus's Biblical Text for the Books of Samuelp. 184
Origen's Old Testament Text: The Transmission History of the Septuagint to the Third Century C.E.p. 202
The Relevance of the Dead Sea Scrolls for Hexaplaric Studiesp. 224
The Old Latin Translation of the LXX and the Hebrew Scrolls from Qumranp. 233
Characteristics and Limitations of the Old Latin Translation of the Septuagintp. 275
Acknowledgmentsp. 290
Index of Modern Authorsp. 292
Index of Ancient Literaturep. 298
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ISBN: 9780802846112
ISBN-10: 0802846114
Series: Studies in the Dead Sea Scrolls and Related Literature
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 328
Published: June 1999
Publisher: William B Eerdmans Publishing Co
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 23.4 x 15.6  x 1.7
Weight (kg): 0.46