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This is introduction chapter of the book, which analyses the ways Scripture is reworked in 4Q158 and the remaining 4QRP mss, accompanied by a comparison of the techniques found there with those evidenced by the Samaritan Pentateuch and the pre-Samaritan texts from Qumran and by the Temple Scroll (TS). It focuses on 4Q158 because relatively extensive reworking of its pentateuchal Vorlage allows for a richer analysis than is possible for the very large 4Q364 and 4Q365 or the poorly-preserved 4Q366 and 4Q367. It then provides context for the scriptural reworking attested in the 4QRP mss, so as to begin working toward a more comprehensive understanding of the role such reworking plays in Second Temple texts. The chapter focuses on the details and method of the reworking itself, and considers the motivation behind particular changes - the interpretive decision(s) that led the author to make a given change.

Keywords: 4Q158; 4QRP mss; pentateuchal Vorlage; Qumran; Samaritan Pentateuch; scriptural reworking; Temple Scroll (TS)



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