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The Samaritan Pentateuch and the Scribal Culture of Second Temple Judaism

Author: Molly M Zahn Affiliation: University of Kansas, Department of Religious Studies 103 Smith Hall, 1300 Oread Ave, Lawrence, ks 66044 mzahn@ku.edu
Edition/Format: Article Article
Publication:Journal for the Study of Judaism, v46 n3 (2015825): 285-313
Database:Brill Journals
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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  Read more...
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Document Type: Article
All Authors / Contributors: Molly M Zahn Affiliation: University of Kansas, Department of Religious Studies 103 Smith Hall, 1300 Oread Ave, Lawrence, ks 66044 mzahn@ku.edu
ISSN:0047-2212
Unique Identifier: 5883045063
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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.

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