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Biblical Interpretation in Ancient Israel$
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Michael Fishbane

Print publication date: 1988

Print ISBN-13: 9780198266990

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2003

DOI: 10.1093/0198266995.001.0001

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Introduction. The Role of Scribes in the Transmission of Biblical Literature

Introduction. The Role of Scribes in the Transmission of Biblical Literature

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(p.23) 1 Introduction. The Role of Scribes in the Transmission of Biblical Literature
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Biblical Interpretation in Ancient Israel
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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/0198266995.003.0002

Scribal practice provides the most concrete evidence for the transmission of a body of tradition, and of its elucidation and clarification. The nature and institution of scribal practice in ancient Israel is considered. Various features of the scribal guilds of ancient Israel are presented, and numerous examples provided from diverse genres. Evidence for textual transmission in the form of colophons and title‐lines; of references to gathering and selecting materials; and the clarification and correction of texts is provided. Comparisons with related materials from the ancient Near East and various versions of Scripture (e.g. the Septuagint and Samaritan Pentateuch) are made.

Keywords:   colophon, guilds, sage‐scribes, scribes, textual transmission, title‐line

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