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The Text of Genesis 1-11 : Textual Studies and Critical Edition - Ronald S. Hendel

The Text of Genesis 1-11

Textual Studies and Critical Edition

Hardcover Published: 1st April 1998
ISBN: 9780195119619
Number Of Pages: 188

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Ronald S. Hendel offers a careful and thorough re examination of the text of Genesis 1 11. He takes a strongly positive position on the value of the Septuagint as a reliable translation of its Hebrew parent text. This position is contrary to that taken in most existing studies of the text of Genesis, including some in standard editions and reference works. Nevertheless, Hendel shows, there is an accumulating mass of evidence indicating that his position is correct.
Hendel begins with a discussion of theory and method, and points out the lessons to be learned from the new biblical manuscripts discovered at Qumran. He goes on to argue for the preparation of eclectic critical editions of books of the Hebrew Bible a task long pursued in Classical, New Testament, and Septuagint studies, but still highly controversial with respect to the Hebrew scriptures. The critical edition of Genesis 1 11 which follows is Hendel's first step toward such a comprehensive task.

"Those interested in text-critical questions will find this study a fine resource."--The Bible Today "Hendel's work must be commended not only for its thorough presentation of the raw data, but even more so for the method it illustrates....The reviewer wishes that all those writing commentaries on biblical books would provide such a critical edition of the text as a basis for their exegetical work."--Bibliotheca Sacra "This is an amazing book, well versed in the tools of textual criticism, and redefining the possibilities to which the textual critic aspires. It will be helpful to scholars who are working on text critical issues, because Hendel's methods are sound and used with precision. This book is a learning tool in and of itself....its place in the field will stand for years to come."--The Catholic Biblical Quarterly "Those interested in text-critical questions will find this study a fine resource."--The Bible Today

Abbreviations and Symbolsp. xi
Textual Studies
Theory, Method, Toolsp. 3
The Necessity of Textual Criticismp. 3
Types of Text-Critical Decisionsp. 6
Major and Minor Versionsp. 10
Terms for the Prehistory of M, S, and Gp. 11
Tools for the Textual Criticism of Genesisp. 13
M and G in Genesis 1:1-2:4p. 16
The Value of G in Genesisp. 16
Significant Textual Variantsp. 20
Excursus: Divine Names in Gp. 35
Textual Problems in M of Genesis 1-11p. 40
The Law of Scribes: Textual Changep. 40
Textual Change in Mp. 41
The Chronologies of Genesis 5 and 11p. 61
The Problemp. 61
Genesis 5:3-32p. 64
Genesis 11:10-32p. 71
Recensions of Genesisp. 78
Harmonizing Tendencies in S and Gp. 81
Harmonizing the Torahp. 81
Harmonizations Shared by S and G ([not equal] M)p. 85
Harmonizations Shared by S and M ([not equal] G)p. 86
Harmonizations in S Alone ([not equal] M G)p. 86
Harmonizations in G Alone ([not equal] M S)p. 88
Toward the Textual History of Genesisp. 93
Problems of Methodp. 93
Stemmatic Relationshipsp. 97
After 70: Rabbinic-M and the Minor Versionsp. 101
Excursus: The Vocalization of [characters not reproducible]p. 103
Critical Edition
Introduction to the Critical Editionp. 109
Rationale for a Critical (Eclectic) Editionp. 109
The Critical Textp. 112
Apparatus I: Significant Textual Variantsp. 115
Apparatus II: Masoretic Variantsp. 116
Critical Text and Apparatusesp. 119
Bibliographyp. 151
Author Indexp. 161
Subject Indexp. 164
Index of Biblical Citationsp. 166
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ISBN: 9780195119619
ISBN-10: 0195119614
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 188
Published: 1st April 1998
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 23.42 x 16.2  x 2.31
Weight (kg): 0.5