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This chapter offers some brief introductory observations with respect to textual criticism in general. It focuses concretely on the terminology to be employed in the text-critical approach to the 'Plagues Narrative', the working model one have developed for the present text-critical study and the concrete textual material that constitutes the object of the said study of Exod. 7:14-11:10. In line with the two primary phases of text-critical research, the chapter divides the methodological procedure into two parts: the collection of variants and the evaluation thereof. Anyone planning to engage in serious text-critical research into a particular biblical pericope must begin by determining his or her methodological strategy. If one insists on the evaluation of variants within such a relative framework, then both the question of the so-called Urtext and that of the complex relationship between textual criticism and literary criticism can be set to one side.

Keywords: literary criticism; Plagues narrative; text-critical approach; textual variants



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