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The Abraham Narrative (Gen. 12:1-25:11) In Some Ancient And Mediaeval Manuscripts The Exegetical Implications Of Delimitation Criticism

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During the last twenty years, Gen. 12:1-25:11 have come to be known as the 'Abraham Cycle' and be studied as a unit on its own. The Abraham Cycle assumes the legitimacy of such a literary unit without engaging in the debate over its limits. Unfortunately, No other extant Genesis 12-25 fragment from Qumran coincides with a text that has a paragraph marker in the Masoretic tradition. Apparently, the Qumran Mss evidence, though fragmentary, indicates a close, yet not identical, representation of the late Masoretic tradition. In paragraphing direct speech, the editor indicates sensitivity for the verbal contributions of each character, marking with priority the turns instead of adjacency pairs. In order to illustrate the influence of paragraphing, as an expression of hermeneutical assumptions, on the preliminary understanding of a text, several chapters from Genesis are used as a test case.

Keywords: Abraham Narrative; Genesis; Masoretic tradition; Qumran Manuscripts



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