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Introducing the Old Testament$
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R. J. Coggins

Print publication date: 1990

Print ISBN-13: 9780192132543

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780192132543.001.0001

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What does it Mean?

What does it Mean?

(p.8) 2 What does it Mean?
Introducing the Old Testament

P. R. Ackroyd

G. N. Stanton

Oxford University Press

This chapter is concerned with the meanings of the Old Testament and related issues. It tries to answer questions such as its reliability, originality, corruption, and the trajectory of its composition over the long period of history. We are mostly ignorant as to the actual circumstances of the composition of all the books of the Old Testament. Some parts of the Old Testament came to be associated with particular individuals like Torah with Moses, the Psalms with David. Some other parts are linked with a particular prophetic figure. In terms of textual criticism, three types of approaches have been widely accepted. One of the characteristics of the textual criticism is that a change is needed in the actual wording of the text as it has come down to us.

Keywords:   Old Testament, reliability, corruption, Torah, textual criticism

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