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  • Series: Studies in the Dead Sea Scrolls & Related Literature
  • Paperback: 176 pages
  • Publisher: Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Co. (April 14, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0802847404
  • ISBN-13: 978-0802847409
  • Product Dimensions: 9.2 x 6.3 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
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Lets face it, once we have read the Penteauch and then read other writings from the Second Temple Period we reread similar stories, themes and ideas in these books. It's soon obvious that scribal copying took place with omissions or additons occuring inside these writings. It's assumed the first five books of Moses (TORAH) was written first then later came these additional books many of which were found in Qumran. Such "Rewritten Bible" texts were first of all termed as such by Geza Vermes (1961) but our author Sidnie White Crawford will prefer "rewritten scripture" due to its nonanachronistic sense of not using "Bible" (as many of these writings had not reached canonical scriptural status and as such much interpretaive fluidity still ocurred. 9 ).

Crawford will focus on five writings she thinks have this rewritten status: "Reworked Pentateuch" (Chapter 3); "The Book of Jubilees" (Chapter 4); "The Temple Scroll" (Chapter 5): "The Genesis Apocryphon" (Chapter 6); and in chapter 7 she discusses "4QCommentary on Genesis A." Of course the Scribes were the ones who either added, subtracted or interpreted previous material. What they did was perfectly the norm according to Crawford and to do, as in the case of the Jeremiah texts we have, was "to rework the existing tradition into a new, perhaps updated, edition" (4). Thus some of the underlying themes Crawford argues for in this book is scribal intervention, interpretation, insertions and harmonization (40). Nevertheless, she argues "their tradition of interpretation was accepted as authoritative by one stream of Judaism in the Second Temple period" (57).

Thus when she discusses the "Reworked Pentateuch" she notes how outside material was brought into these texts along with "a scribal tradition of harmonizing exegesis" (40 & 42).
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0 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Elaine N. Frankowski on February 26, 2011
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this is not a product whose quality one can assess. It's a fine academic presentations of a subject that interests me.
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