Ancient Errors, Modern Scribes

While checking notecards today, I came across a few modern examples of parablepsis and unintentional scribal changes — the kind of stuff normally discussed in introductions to textual criticism.((For example: Emanuel Tov, Textual Criticism of the Hebrew Bible (Minneapolis, MN: Fortress, 2012), 227ff.; Paul D. Wegner, A Students Guide to Textual Criticism of the Bible: Its History, … Continue reading Ancient Errors, Modern Scribes

The Committee’s Goal & Guiding Principles

This post provides some reading notes on chapter 2 of Dominique Barthélemy’s Studies in the Text of the Old Testament: An Introduction to the Hebrew Old Testament Text Project, trans. Stephen Pisano et al., Textual Criticism and the Translator 3 (Winona Lake, IN: Eisenbrauns, 2012). Earlier posts provide notes on the Introduction and part 1, … Continue reading The Committee’s Goal & Guiding Principles

The Early History of OT Textual Criticism

This post provides some reading notes on chapter 1 of on Dominique Barthélemy's Studies in the Text of the Old Testament: An Introduction to the Hebrew Old Testament Text Project, trans. Stephen Pisano et al., Textual Criticism and the Translator 3 (Winona Lake, IN: Eisenbrauns, 2012). An earlier post provides notes on the Introduction. Chapter … Continue reading The Early History of OT Textual Criticism

Overview of the Hebrew Old Testament Text Project

This post is some reading notes on the introductory essay in Dominique Barthélemy's Studies in the Text of the Old Testament: An Introduction to the Hebrew Old Testament Text Project, trans. Stephen Pisano et al., Textual Criticism and the Translator 3 (Winona Lake, IN: Eisenbrauns, 2012). The volume opens with an essay from James Sanders introducing Dominique … Continue reading Overview of the Hebrew Old Testament Text Project

Vermes on the Canon Issue

What did Geza Vermes think about the distinction between "Bible" (i.e. "canon") and "Scripture"? The Spring 2013 issue of the Journal of Jewish Studies includes his review of Molly Zahn's Rethinking Rewritten Scripture. At the beginning of this review, Vermes notes that he coined the term "Rewritten Bible" in 1961 in his Scripture and Tradition … Continue reading Vermes on the Canon Issue

Lawrence Schiffman Surveys the Scrolls

I have not found online a more engaging, informative, well-balanced survey of the Dead Sea Scrolls than the video embedded below. As far as published resources go, you have a few very good options: Timothy Lim's The Dead Sea Scrolls: A Very Short Introduction, John J. Collins' The Dead Sea Scrolls: A Biography, and Craig A. … Continue reading Lawrence Schiffman Surveys the Scrolls

‘Warning’ or ‘Turning’ in Isaiah 8.11

This text-critical problem has been my hobby horse for a while now. I've posted on the problem before, but since then I have changed my mind and completely reworked my paper as a critique of the solution offered by the Comité pour l'analyse textuelle de l'Ancien Testament hébru. I presented this last semester in the … Continue reading ‘Warning’ or ‘Turning’ in Isaiah 8.11