By Michael Meer
This quantity bargains a severe exam of modern theories about the development of biblical literature within the gentle of the oldest textual witnesses (the Qumran biblical scrolls and the Septuagint). at the foundation of a clean exam of a range of passages within the publication of Joshua, it really is proven that those witnesses don't replicate a degree within the literary formation of the booklet sooner than the standardised (Masoretic) textual content, yet a reinterpretation and reformulation of its contents. The research provides a brand new literary-critical approach to the complex difficulties of Joshua eight and a close exegesis of the Greek model of Joshua 1 and five. Of specific curiosity for Qumran students is the hot reconstruction of 4QJoshua-a.
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6:26b of the name 0 XataT\A. on the basis of MT-l Kgs. 16:34, whereas the witnesses to LXXJosh. L. MARGOLlS, 7he Book of Joshua in Creek, pp. 100-101). 32 See already the criticism from Margolis' pupil H. ORLINSKY, The Hebrew Vorlage of the Septuagint of the Book of J oshua, in Congress Volume. Rome 1968. (SVT 17) Leiden 1969, pp. 187-195; LJ. GREENSPOON, Textual Studies in the Book ofJoshua, p. G. DEN HERTOG, Anmerkungen zu Margolis' The Book of Joshua in Greek, in BIOSCS 28 (1995), pp. 51-56, especially p.
GENERAL INTRODUCTION 15 rial activity reflected by the textual data take the shape of a clearly recognizable large-scale quantitative reworking of the older material. In the case of the book of J eremiah, far instance, the alternative edition attested by LXX (with support of 4QJerd) is said to be so me 7% shorter than the longer MT version, but one can only reach this figure by counting a large number of isolated pluses in MT of only a few wards each. The question then arises what constitutes the binding element between these isolated elements, or: how can we be sure that the isolated pluses in MT are the result of a comprehensive project of re-editing the biblical book rather than an elusive process of interpolation of these elements over a long period of time?
New ()jImran Texts and Studies. (STDJ 15) Leiden/New York/Köln 1994, pp. 89-104. 1). In the absence of a modern critical editio maior of LXXJoshua in the standard Göttingen edition of the Septuagint, the current editions of LXXJoshua will be discussed and evaluated. A description of the Qumran material for the book of Joshua will be offered in chapter 3. Chapters 4 and 5 further develops the method by which several relevant passages from the book (Joshua 1, 5:2-12, 8:1-29, 8:30-35) may be assessed (chapters 6-9).