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Winner of the 2020 BAJS Book Prize! The book prize initiative was launched by BAJS in 2018 to recognise and promote outstanding scholarship in the field of Jewish Studies.

In Scribal Culture in Ben Sira Lindsey A. Askin examines scribal culture as a framework for analysing features of textual referencing throughout the Book of Ben Sira (c.198-175 BCE), revealing new insights into how Ben Sira wrote his book of wisdom. Although the title of “scribe” is regularly applied to Ben Sira, this designation presents certain interpretive challenges. Through comparative analysis, Askin contextualizes the sage’s compositional style across historical, literary, and socio-cultural spheres of operation. New light is shed on Ben Sira’s text and early Jewish textual reuse. Drawing upon physical and material evidence of reading and writing, Askin reveals the dexterity and complexity of Ben Sira’s sustained textual reuse. Ben Sira’s achievement thus demonstrates exemplary, “excellent” writing to a receptive audience.
Bodmer Papyri, Scribal Culture, and Textual Transmission presents a collection of Gordon Fee’s seminal works on New Testament textual criticism. His meticulous and thorough examination of New Testament papyrus Bodmer P66 (1968) insightfully describes its textual character and significant relationship to P75 and other early manuscripts. P66 and P75, among our most important and earliest papyri, were published only a half-dozen years before Fee’s volume, which has been heavily used and influential ever since. Prominent is his discovery of scribal activity in P66 that tended to correct its text toward the Byzantine. Fee’s ten successive, often quoted articles contribute substantially to our understanding of textual transmission and text-critical methodology, with an emphasis also on patristic citations. Completed with ample bibliographical resources, this volume is an indispensable resource for future research.

Distinguished book reviewers wrote about Fee (1968): “full scale study” (Kilpatrick); “definitive analysis” (Metzger); “a most valuable work, ... which greatly advances the discipline of textual criticism in knowledge and method” (Birdsall).

© Koninklijke Brill NV, Leiden, 2010 | doi:10.1163/9789004190740_005 AUTHORITATIVE SCRIPTURES AND SCRIBAL CULTURE Arie van der Kooij 1 At this conference, which is held in honour of a great scholar, I would like to focus on the relationship between authoritative Scriptures and scribal culture in

In: Authoritative Scriptures in Ancient Judaism

the internal diversity of the sp changes and the broader attestation of such changes in other witnesses might suggest about the scribal culture of early Judaism. The pre- sp Torah is better understood as a particularly concentrated example of a scribal attitude or approach that appears to have been

In: Journal for the Study of Judaism

Book Reviews / Horizons in Biblical Th eology 30 (2008) 71-102 97 Scribal Culture and the Making of the Hebrew Bible . By Karel van der Toorn. Cambridge: Harvard University Press, 2007. Pp. 401. $35.00. “If we are to understand the making of the Hebrew Bible, we must familiarize ourselves with

In: Horizons in Biblical Theology

Lindsey A. Askin, Scribal Culture in Ben Sira . JSJSup184. Leiden: Brill, 2018. Hardcover. Pp. X + 311. €115. ISBN 9789004372863. There has been extensive scholarship on scribes in ancient Judaism in recent years. But, as Askin maintains in this monograph, much of this speculation ignores

In: Dead Sea Discoveries

the Codex and Wooden Tablets The writing material found in Kellis adds significantly to our understanding of Manichaean scribal culture. While the rise of the codex is frequently associated with Christianity, it is clear that Manichaeans also embraced the codex early on. 74 This may have been due

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