Textual Criticism of the Hebrew Bible

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Uitgeverij Van Gorcum, 2001 - Religion - 456 pages
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
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
Differences in vocalization between codex L and a Babylonian Yemenite manuscript sample p
45
Additional Witnesses
118
Select differences between m and the Severus Scroll according to Siegel p 120
120
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
Scribal corrections in 4QJera p 284
284
The Aim and Procedures of Textual Criticism
287

Differences between the systems of Ben Asher and Ben Naftali sample p
46
Differences between the Tiberian vocalization and transliterations in Greek and Latin sources p
48
Representative sample of the lists in Frensdorffs edition of Okhlah weOkhlah p
75
B PreSamaritan Texts and the Samaritan Pentateuch
80
Small harmonizing changes in ele p
87
Correction of unusual spellings in de p
90
Adaptation in le of unusual grammatical forms and constructions to a formal conception of the grammar p
91
Differences in content between lee and m and other sources p
92
Morphological differences between mand elle p
93
Synonymous words in mand elle p
94
Differences in gutturals between m and elle p
95
Differences in orthography between m and ee in Genesis 49
96
The number of copies of the biblical manuscripts from Qumran as summarized in 2000 p 104
104
Contextual changes in 1QIsaa p 111
111
18 p 112
112
2228 p 114
114
The Evaluation of Readings
293
Chapter 7
308
Textual Criticism and Literary Criticism
313
Differences between m and the reconstructed Vorlage
320
16 p 329
329
The two versions of the story of David and Goliath p 335
335
A large plus in 1 Samuel 11 in 4QSama p 342
342
Textual evaluations of readings which probably were created
349
Conjectural Emendation
351
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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