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Textual Criticism And The Composition History Of Samuel. Connections Between Pericopes In 1 Samuel 1–4

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This chapter focuses on the study of the variants found at the interconnections between the literary units which constitute the composition of 1 Samuel 1-4. Meaningful textual variants often appear at the seams in a composition, at the link points between the different pericopes. These are the weak points where the narrative line tends to develop variants and even to break apart so that the text becomes corrupt. Thus, 4QSama and Josephus present a variant text at the confluence of chaps. 10 and 11 of 1 Samuel. In 1 Sam 1-4, different repetitions mark the beginning and the ending of the multiple literary units, linking to each other in the order they appear in the different textual forms.

Keywords: literary interpolations; Pericopes; Samuel 1-4; textual composition history; textual criticism



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