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Tradition and Innovation in Biblical Interpretation

Studies Presented to Professor Eep Talstra on the Occasion of his Sixty-Fifth Birthday


Edited by Wido Th. van Peursen and Janet Dyk

The theme of this volume in honour of Eep Talstra is ‘Tradition and Innovation in Biblical Interpretation’, with an emphasis on the innovative role of computer-assisted textual analysis. It focusses on the role of tradition in biblical interpretation and of the innovations brought about by ICT in reconsidering existing interpretations of texts, grammatical concepts, and lexicographic practices. Questions addressed include: How does the role of exegesis as the ‘clarification of one’s own tradition, in order to understand choices and preferences’ (Talstra) relate to the critical role which Scripture has towards this tradition? How does the indebtedness to tradition of computer-driven philology relate to its innovative character? And how does computer-assisted analysis of the biblical texts lead to new research methods and results?

Aynat Rubinstein, Ivy Sichel and Avigail Tsirkin-Sadan

other versions of this text lack the comparative yoter mi- ‘more than,’ and negation does not seem superfluous: ‘. . . he worked in two hours what you did neg work all day long’; (Šir ha-Širim Raba 6:2, Qohelet Raba 5:11). (Ch. Ariel, p.c.). 13 Sagi mentions four occurrences in 16th–19th c