Vetus Testamentum 58 (2008) 68-86 Vetus Testamentum www.brill.nl/vt © Koninklijke Brill NV, Leiden, 2008 DOI: 10.1163/156853307X237668 Observations on Inner-Scriptural Scribal Expansion in MT Ezekiel Jake Stromberg Oxford Abstract Textual evidence from the Second Temple Period attests a principle by which Hebrew manu- scripts were edited in light of other scriptural texts (e.g. 1QIsa a ). Such inner-scriptural editing was often undertaken along lines of connection perceived between the texts before the expansion took place, so that these perceived connections served as a guide for the scribe’s own work. Th is study argues that the same textual procedure was at work in creating the longer text of MT Ezekiel, which is 4-5% longer than LXX Ezekiel. In light of the work of E. Ulrich, this study concludes with reﬂections on what MT Ezekiel contributes, as an empirical example, to the discussion about the relationship between text and canon. Keywords Ezekiel, MT and LXX, inner-scriptural scribal expansion, text and canon In antiquity, readers of Scripture set about the work of interpretation within a highly textualized environment. 1 Th ey approached the task of unpacking every line, word, or even consonant of text from within the universe of a larger body
Vetus Testamentum – Brill
Published: Jan 1, 2008
Keywords: MT AND LXX; TEXT AND CANON; EZEKIEL; INNER-SCRIPTURAL SCRIBAL EXPANSION
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