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Unit Delimitation In The Old Testament An Appraisal

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In recent years, especially in the Netherlands, biblical scholars have been raising the issue of the significance of text divisions as given in ancient manuscripts. Their work is to some extent a reminder that such divisions are important but it is also a re-evaluation of these markers in respect of colometry and exegesis. This chapter is an attempt to determine to what extent their method is valid, particularly in respect of its bearing on exegesis. It is illustrated by examples from Ugaritic and Hebrew. One of the first scholars to include the Masoretic accents in his discussion of colometry - in this case, of Joshua chapter 24 - was William Koopmans. Korpel examined unit delimitation in the Ugaritic cultic texts, mentioning some Babylonian and Hebrew parallels. Korpel has set out a series of six steps in the structural analysis of ancient texts.

Keywords: biblical scholars; Hebrew Bible; Joshua; Korpel; Netherlands; Ugaritic text; unit delimitation; William Koopmans



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