The Samaritan Pentateuch ( sp ), along with its Qumran forebears, has deservedly been regarded as a key source of information for understanding the scribal culture of early Judaism. Yet studies have tended to emphasize the relative uniformity of the characteristic pre- sp readings as evidence of a scribal approach distinct within Second Temple Judaism. This article argues that both the uniformity and the distinctiveness of these readings have been overstated: there is more internal diversity within pre- sp than is usually recognized, and similar or identical readings are also preserved in other manuscript traditions. Rather than representing a distinctive scribal approach or school, the readings of pre- sp are better taken as a particularly concentrated example of scribal attitudes and techniques that appear to have been widespread in early Judaism.
Journal for the Study of Judaism – Brill
Published: Aug 25, 2015
Keywords: Samaritan Pentateuch; Pre-Samaritan Texts; Second Temple Judaism; Scribes; Scribal Culture; Harmonization; Qumran Biblical Manuscripts; Hellenistic Culture; 4QpaleoExod m ; 4QNum b
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