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Traditionary Processes and Textual Unity in 4Ezra

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Ascription to an authoritative figure, as well as assuming narrative perspective of such a figure is an important factor in constitution of ancient Jewish textual unities. However, ascriptions and assumptions of perspective occur in variety of ways, and figure in question may be imagined with more or less concreteness, drawing on various sources and playing various roles. This chapter introduces, with the help of Friedrich Nietzsche's early work in philology, a broad conception of traditionary processes and roles played in them by authoritative figures. It then argues that philological work may exhibit varying patterns of temporality, a point that author illustrates by considering the way in which text of 4Ezra may be seen as creating its own precursors in an attempt to deal with the trauma of destruction.

Keywords: 4Ezra; ancient Jewish textual unities; authoritative figure; Friedrich Nietzsche; philological work; temporality

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