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Assessing Emanuel Tov's "Qumran Scribal Practice"

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This chapter addresses Emanuel Tov's construction and analysis of scribal practice, the one that he connects to the scribes at Qumran, who would have had a set of scribal conventions that was clearly distinct from that of other, nonsectarian, scribes. Tov refers to this scribal practice as the "Qumran scribal practice," which is in part a statistical construction, based on analysis and reconstruction of correlations between many different sets of data, and in part an hypothesis or theory, inasmuch as it proposes an explanation of this construction. In fact, one can observe that even the statistical reconstruction itself is based on specific suppositions. The author therefore calls Tov's "Qumran scribal practice" a scholarly construct, and looks both at the building blocks and at the way the building has been raised.

Keywords: Emanuel Tov; Qumran Scribal Practice; scribal conventions; statistical construction



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