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Midrashic Traits In 4Q51 (so-called 4QSama)

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This chapter reproduces the last reconstructed column from the publication of 4Q51 in the DJD series. This reconstructed column runs the story of the plague and the building of the altar, a story extant in 2 Samuel 24 and 1 Chronicles 21. In 2 Samuel 24 there are a number of incongruities and contradictions, mainly revolving around the question when was the plague stopped. The chapter then moves to another text extant in 4Q51 at the juncture of 1Samuel 10 and 11: the story of Nahash king of the Ammonites. Young Samuel is described by the MT as "lying in the shrine of the Lord where the ark of God was" (1 Sam 3:3).

Keywords: 4Q51; midrashic traits; Samuel scrolls



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