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Petu[arab text]ot/Setumot And The Structure Of Habakkuk Evaluating The Evidence

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Members of the Pericope Project take it for granted that ancient indicators of unit delimitation are important interpretative tools at the disposal of modern exegetes, tools sadly neglected by generation of biblical scholars. In this chapter the specific questions to be answered is this: How can the ancient systems of Petuḥot/setumot aid modern exegetes in determining the structure of Biblical books? Will the acceptance of the ancient system influence the interpretation of the book? These questions will be answered with specific reference to the Book of Habakkuk. In the process attention will be paid to the interpretation of the petuḥot/setumot. It is customary to describe their function as marking of 'sections', but exactly what kind of section is indicated? Did the ancient scribes regard paragraphs in the same way modern readers do? These questions become important when decisions about the structure of books are made.

Keywords: biblical text; Habakkuk; Petuḥot; Setumot



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