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Gedaliah’S Murder In 2 Kings 25:25 And Jeremiah 41:1–3

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Comparing the versions of Gedaliah's murder in 2 Kings 25:25 and Jeremiah 41:1-3 and their LXX translations, the chapter studies textual transitions of the story. It shows how the shorter text in 2 Kings MT/LXX has developed through various editorial additions into what we have in MT Jeremiah 41:1-3. According to the author, these textual witnesses testify to the constant editing in the history of the Hebrew Bible and the importance of the literary critical method in biblical studies. The chapter presents the development of the passage that can be reconstructed by using the three available textual witnesses. It present the three main witnesses in parallel columns. In order to facilitate the comparison, a reconstructed Hebrew Vorlage of the Greek text of Jer 41:1-3 (= LXX 48:1-3) is provided instead of the Greek.

Keywords: 2 Kings 25:25; Gedaliah's murder; Hebrew Bible; Hebrew Vorlage; Jeremiah 41:1-3



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