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A Qualitative Assessment Of The Textual Profile Of 4qsama

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Frank Moore Cross and Richard Saley recently published an article analyzing the textual character of the large Samuel scroll from Cave 4 Qumran. It was primarily a quantitative, statistical study, and as a companion to it, this chapter presents a qualitative analysis of the textual character of that important and richly instructive manuscript. How do we situate 4QSama in the history of the text of Samuel? How do we describe the type of text it displays in relation to other texts of Samuel? The chapter first outlines the approach the author have gradually formed for understanding and mapping the history of the biblical text in general, and then presents a number of significant readings in 4QSama that illumines the textual character of the manuscript. It articulates the relationship between 4QSama and the other texts of Samuel according to that approach to the history of the text.

Keywords: 4QSama; biblical text; Qumran; Samuel; textual character



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