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Imag[in]ing Editions Of Samuel: The Chronicler's Contribution

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This chapter discusses examples in which the Chronicler's version of the story of David's fateful count provides particularly significant evidence. Seeing the divine agent poised over Jerusalem, David protests that the sin has been his alone - 'What have these sheep done?' - the divine hand should fall on him only and on his house. Here the Samuel tradition represented by 4Q51 and OG shares elements with both the Chronicler on one side and Samuel (MT) on the other. The starting point of this discussion is a double agreement of Sam OG+4Q51 with Chr against Sam MT: they use the hiphil of רﬠﬠ (be bad), while Sam MT uses the hiphil of ﬠוה (do wrong); and they precede this main verb 'I have been bad' with a graphically similar word.

Keywords: Chronicler; Samuel

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