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Points Of Comparison I: The Samaritan Pentateuch And Its Forebears

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This chapter focuses on compositional techniques in the Samaritan Pentateuch (SP) manuscript family, for the most part on SP itself. In the majority of cases, the Qumran pre-Samaritan mss reflect the major details of the text as attested in SP, but in a more fragmentary format. Even with regard to smaller-scale changes, it is easier to understand the precise nature of a change when its complete context is preserved. The chapter discusses the occasional discrepancies between SP and the pre-Samaritan mss from Qumran. In examining the SP text tradition as a potential source of analogues to the types of reworking that we have seen in the 4QRP mss, we must take seriously the extensive evidence for its gradual development over time. Most of the largest changes in SP and the pre-SP mss appear to accomplish a very specific goal, and may therefore be the product of a single redactor.

Keywords: 4QRP mss; comparison; manuscript; pre-Samaritan mss; Qumran; reworking; Samaritan Pentateuch (SP)



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