Rewriting Scripture in Second Temple Times

Rewriting Scripture in Second Temple Times


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The author argues that the biblical manuscripts found at Qumran reflect a spectrum of text movement from authoritative scriptural traditions to completely new compositions.

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  • Paperback | 144 pages
  • 160.02 x 236.22 x 12.7mm | 249.47g
  • William B Eerdmans Publishing Co
  • Grand Rapids, United States
  • English
  • 0802847404
  • 9780802847409
  • 454,492

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Benjamin G. Wright Lehigh University "In this book Sidnie White Crawford illuminates the variety of creative ways that Jews told and retold their scriptural stories. A leading scholar of the Dead Sea Scrolls, she brings erudition and clarity to the issue of how the Jewish scriptures were rewritten, ' from harmonization and expansion at one end of the spectrum to brand-new compositions, some of which claim scriptural authority for themselves, at the other end."Rewriting Scripture in Second Temple Times"offers new and fresh insights that are sure to change the shape of the debate. Specialists and nonspecialists alike will want to read this engaging study." Emanuel Tov Hebrew University, Jerusalem "This monograph contains a creative combination of instructive, innovative background material on the rewriting procedures and thorough text analyses. Very well written, the book is a must for all those interested in the history of Scripture exegesis, Qumran studies, and textual criticism." Eugene Ulrich University of Notre Dame "The Scriptures were still developing and their boundaries shifting until the early Christian era. Sidnie White Crawford, having edited scrolls of both biblical and debatably parabiblical status, is uniquely qualified as a guide to the compositions along that newly illumined but ill-defined border. She provides a balanced, judicious, and eminently readable account of how a spectrum of recently discovered ancient authors developed their traditional Scriptures." "Bibliotheca Orientalis" "An instructive and very stimulating discussion of procedures of rewriting' Scripture at Qumran.""

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