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Selection, Election, And Rejection: Interpretation Of Genesis In 4q252

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This chapter examines the 4Q252 with the aid of a slightly modified list consisting of form, focus, and technique of interpretation. The author proposes a simple and rough, but nevertheless comprehensive classification that comprises four main categories: rewritten scriptural text, exegetical paraphrase, commentary, and anthological exegesis. Of these categories the first three are discussed in the chapter as they are represented in 4Q252. Classifying on the basis of the focus of interpretation, the author suggests two main categories of exegetical texts: simple-sense exegesis and actualizing exegesis. 4Q252 also retains and strengthens the interplay between election and rejection found in Genesis. The confusion and dispute concerning the overall genre of 4Q252 is one of the main reasons for the continuous keen interest in the small manuscript. Various themes that recur in the textual sections of 4Q252particularly the land, chronological questions, and also blessings and cursesare mutually interconnected.

Keywords: 4Q252; exegetical texts; Genesis; scriptural text



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