Studies in Textual Criticism

Collected Essays, Volume V


Twenty-eight rewritten and updated essays on the textual criticism of the Hebrew Bible, the Septuagint, and the Dead Sea Scrolls mainly published between 2019 and 2022 are presented in the fifth volume of the author's collected essays. They are joined by an unpublished study, an unpublished "reflection" on the development of text-critical research in 1970-2020 and the author's academic memoirs. All the topics included in this volume are at the forefront of textual research.

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Emanuel Tov, Ph.D. (1974), Hebrew University, Jerusalem is J.L. Magnes Professor of Bible emeritus at that University. He has published many monographs on the textual criticism of the Hebrew Bible, Qumran, and the Septuagint and was the editor-in-chief of the DSS publication project.
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Part 1 Textual Criticism of the Hebrew Bible

1 The Possible Revision of Hebrew Texts according to the Masoretic Text

2 Textual Harmonization in Leviticus

3 The Tenth Commandment of the Samaritans

4 The Philosophy of the Biblia Hebraica Quinta Edition

5 The Formation of the (ProtoMasoretic Text

6 Pierre-Maurice Bogaert, Le livre de Jérémie en perspective: “Introductory Remarks”

7 Orthographic Practices of the Biblical Texts

8 The Last Stage of the Literary History of the Book of Jeremiah

9 Textual Criticism of the Hebrew Bible in the Digital Age: Advantages and Disadvantages of the Use of Digital Tools

10 Vox Clamantis in Deserto: The History of the Interpretation and Misinterpretation of Isaiah 40:3

11 Copying the Torah: From the Time of the Judean Desert Scrolls to Modern Times

Part 2 The Septuagint

12 From a Popular Jewish LXX-SP Text Block to Separate Group Texts: Insights from the Dead Sea Scrolls

13 The Textual Value of the Septuagint Version of the Minor Prophets

14 The Interaction between Theological and Text-Critical Approaches

15 The Renderings of the Divine Names in the Greek Torah

16 The Use of the Earliest Greek Scripture Fragments in Text Editions

17 The Palestinian Source of the Greek Translation of the Torah

18 Papyrus Nash and the Septuagint

19 Different Textual Traditions about Sheshonq-Shishak in the Hebrew and Greek Bible

20 The Use of the Septuagint in Critical Commentaries

21 P.Vindob.G. 39777 (Symmachus) and the Use of the Divine Names in Greek Scripture Texts

22 The LXX Translators’ Procedures in Representing Proper Names: Consistency in Representation

Part 3 The Dead Sea Scrolls

23 The Qumran Tefillin and Their Possible Master Copies

24 The Background and Origin of the Qumran Corpus of Scripture Texts

25 Approaches of Scribes to the Biblical Text in Ancient Israel

26 ‘Luxury Scrolls’ from the Judean Desert

Part 4 Reflections

27 Has the Field of Textual Criticism Changed in the Past Half-Century (1970–2023)?

28 Some Academic Memoirs

Index of Ancient Sources
Index of Authors
Universities, libraries, students, clergy, theologians, seminaries, divinity schools. Subjects: Hebrew Bible, Theology, Jewish studies, Dead Sea scrolls reseach, Jewish history, Septuagint, Christianity.
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