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The Textual Vorlagen For Jacob Of Edessa’s Revision Of The Books Of Samuel

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Around 705 CE Jacob, Bishop of Edessa, finished his revision of the Old Testament, a highly conflate work on which he had laboured in retirement for nine years. It has been described by William Wright as ?a curious eclectic or patchwork text?. In the study of the Antiochene text, three major issues surfaced: (1) the relationship of the Peshitta, the Syro-Hexapla and the Greek witnesses in the Samuel manuscript of Jacob; (2) the relative presence of the major Greek textual families in the Samuel manuscript; and (3) the extent and nature in the Samuel manuscript of readings outside the major Syriac and Greek traditions. Many of the deviations from the Greek are modifications made in the interests of grammatical harmony when the texts of the Peshitta and the Greek were worked together.

Keywords: Greek traditions; Jacob of Edessa; Peshitta; Samuel manuscript; Syro-Hexapla



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