Save

The Samaritan Pentateuch and the Scribal Culture of Second Temple Judaism

In: Journal for the Study of Judaism
Author: Molly M. Zahn1
View More View Less
  • 1 University of Kansas, Department of Religious Studies, 103 Smith Hall, 1300 Oread Ave, Lawrence, ks 66044mzahn@ku.edu
Download Citation Get Permissions

Access options

Get access to the full article by using one of the access options below.

Institutional Login

Log in with Open Athens, Shibboleth, or your institutional credentials

Login via Institution

Purchase

Buy instant access (PDF download and unlimited online access):

€29.95$34.95

The Samaritan Pentateuch (sp), along with its Qumran forebears, has deservedly been regarded as a key source of information for understanding the scribal culture of early Judaism. Yet studies have tended to emphasize the relative uniformity of the characteristic pre-sp readings as evidence of a scribal approach distinct within Second Temple Judaism. This article argues that both the uniformity and the distinctiveness of these readings have been overstated: there is more internal diversity within pre-sp than is usually recognized, and similar or identical readings are also preserved in other manuscript traditions. Rather than representing a distinctive scribal approach or school, the readings of pre-sp are better taken as a particularly concentrated example of scribal attitudes and techniques that appear to have been widespread in early Judaism.

Content Metrics

All Time Past Year Past 30 Days
Abstract Views 320 41 2
Full Text Views 202 9 0
PDF Views & Downloads 64 20 0