The essays presented in this volume reflect the present state of research into the latest stages of the literary development of the Hebrew Bible and the earliest period of its textual history. They reassess the relationship between the Septuagint and the Hebrew text of the Bible, and shed new light on the literary history and transmission of biblical books between 300 B.C.E. and 100 C.E., a crucial period for the history of the biblical canon.
The distinguished list of contributors includes Dieter Böhler (Germany), Pierre-Maurice Bogaert (Belgium), Johan Lust (Belgium), Natalio Fernández Marcos (Spain), Olivier Munnich (France), Adrian Schenker (Switzerland), and Emanuel Tov (Israel).
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The Jeroboam narrative occurs in two main forms, one in the Hebrew Bible, 1 Kings 11-14, and the other in the Greek Bible, 3 Kingdoms 12:24a-z. This difference gave rise to a scholarly debate over many decades. In a recent article in the JSJ, Marvin A. Sweeney has proposed a new method in order to settle this old problem. In this present note, his proposal and arguments are evaluated, and it is suggested that Sweeney has not taken into account all aspects which should have been considered, and that some of his arguments may not be entirely convincing.