Scribal Practice, Text and Canon in the Dead Sea Scrolls

Essays in Memory of Peter W. Flint


This volume contains 17 essays on the subjects of text, canon, and scribal practice. The volume is introduced by an overview of the Qumran evidence for text and canon of the Bible. Most of the text critical studies deal with texts from the Dead Sea Scrolls, including sectarian as well as canonical texts. Two essays shed light on the formation of authoritative literature. Scribal practice is illustrated in various ways, again mostly from the Dead Sea Scrolls. One essay deals with diachronic change in Qumran Hebrew. Rounding out the volume are two thematic studies, a wide-ranging study of the “ambiguous oracle” of Josephus, which he identifies as Balaam’s oracle, and a review of the use of female metaphors for Wisdom.

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John J. Collins is Holmes Professor of Old Testament at Yale. His books include The Apocalyptic Imagination, Beyond the Qumran Community, The Dead Sea Scrolls. A Biography, and The Invention of Judaism. Torah and Jewish Identity from Deuteronomy to Paul. Ananda Geyser-Fouché is Senior Lecturer of Old Testament Studies at the University of Pretoria. She has published peer-reviewed articles in academic renowned journals and was the sub-editor of the bundle in HTS Theological Studies Original Research: Special Collection Qumran Texts, 2016.
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Notes on Contributors

Peter Flint in Memoriam
Ananda Geyser-Fouché and John J. Collins

PART 1: Text and Canon

1 Qumran Evidence for the Text and Canon of the Bible
Eugene C. Ulrich

Part 2: Text-Critical Studies

2 Hebrew Bible Textual Criticism and the Dead Sea Scrolls: What Not to Expect of the Pesher Habakkuk (1QpHab)
Gert T. M. Prinsloo

3 4QLXXNum and a Text-Critical Examination of a Debated Hebrew Term in Numbers 4
Gideon R. Kotzé

4 The Ezekiel Manuscripts from the Dead Sea, the Ancient Versions, and the Textual History of Ezekiel
Herrie van Rooy

5 On “True” Editions: Pluriformity and Authority between Psalms and Serekh
James Nati

6 A Textual Analysis of Pseudo-Ezekiel (4Q385 and 4Q386): Rewritten or Merely Copies of Each Other
Jana Coetzee

7 Nebuchadnezzar Found and Forgotten: a New Fragment of 4Q385a (4QApocryphon of Jeremiah Ca) 18 i
Eibert Tigchelaar

Part 3: Canon and Authority

8 Uses of Earlier Literature in Some Second Temple Texts
James C. VanderKam

9 An Examination of the Songs of Ascents and Psalm 119 in 11QPsa
Nancy L. deClaissé-Walford

Part 4: Scribal Practice

10 Qumran Scribal Practice: Won Moor Thyme
Martin Abegg

11 The Grain of the Kittim in the Habakkuk Pesher: a New Reading of ורב ולכאמו (1QpHab 6:5)
Timothy H. Lim

12 The Vistas of Variant Readings: Towards an Understanding of Scribal Transmission as Reception in the Qumran Fragments of Aramaic Daniel
Andrew B. Perrin

13 Exegesis of the Bible Enriched by the Dead Sea Scrolls
Emanuel Tov

14 The Excerpted Manuscripts from Qumran, with Special Attention to 4QReworked Pentateuch D and 4QReworked Pentateuch E
Sidnie White Crawford

Part 5: Language

15 Trajectories of Diachronic Change in Qumran Hebrew: Evidence from the Negative Existential in Post-Predicate Position
Jacobus A. Naudé, Cynthia L. Miller-Naudé, and Daniel J. Wilson

Part 6: Thematic Studies

16 The Star of Balaam and the Prophecy of Josephus concerning Vespasian
Craig A. Evans

17 Lady Metaphors in Judaic Wisdom Literature
Ananda Geyser-Fouché

Biblical Scholars and scholars of ancient Judaism, and graduate students.