Genesis 49:4—The Route of Facile Textual Emendation vs. Appreciation for Literary Brilliance

In: Vetus Testamentum
Gary A. Rendsburg Department of Jewish Studies, School of Arts and Sciences, Rutgers University New Brunswick, NJ USA

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This article responds to M. J. Albanese, “What the Holy Seed Defiled: The Textual Problem of Genesis 49:4,” VT 69 (2019): 1‒18. Instead of proposing textual emendation to solve the so-called “problem” in Gen 49:4, the present article uses a literary-stylistic approach to argue in favour of the Masoretic Text (MT).

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