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Building Textual Bridges Towards An Understanding Of 4Q158 (4Qreworked Pentateuch A)

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This chapter presents one preliminary result of the authors' ongoing investigation of 4Q158 and the ways its editor or editors read, interpreted, and reconfigured the pentateuchal text. It demonstrates that especially prominent in 4Q158 are a series of alterations that aims to create or strengthen connections between two passages that are regarded as in some way parallel. These changes give 4Q158 a distinct profile, and point to the significant implications of even this relatively fragmentary manuscript of the various ways in which the Pentateuch was transmitted and transformed in the Second Temple period. 4Q158 is preserved in 15 numbered fragments which range in size from approximately 10 cm long by 7 cm wide to less than a square centimeter. The chapter discusses examples of the "coordinating" changes in 4Q158 by proceeding along a spectrum from cases closer to what is found in the Samaritan text tradition to those more distant.

Keywords: 15 numbered fragments; 4Q158; pentateuchal text



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