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A Textual-Comparative Methodology

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Investigation of biblical textual variants, both between Hebrew and Greek and within each language, has traditionally been done with a view to determining an ?original' Hebrew text (Urtext) or at least deciding on the ?better' reading. This chapter demonstrates a different approach, which aims to treat each manuscript with equal value, whether Hebrew or Greek, listening to its voice as a clue to an interpretative trajectory. We have chosen Ezekiel 36-39 as a basis for investigation as it contains various events through which the prophet envisaged that post-exilic Israel would go, as part of her restoration to the future God had in store for them. It is transitional between the destruction of Jerusalem and exile and the new temple of chs 40-48. Our textual-comparative methodology compares extant manuscripts rather than relying on modern eclectic texts.

Keywords: Ezekiel; God; Hebrew text; Israel; Jerusalem; textual-comparative methodology

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