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Holy Scripture in the Qumran Commentaries and Pauline Letters$
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Timothy H. Lim

Print publication date: 1997

Print ISBN-13: 9780198262060

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198262060.001.0001

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Modifying the Biblical Text

Modifying the Biblical Text

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(p.95) 6 Modifying the Biblical Text
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Holy Scripture in the Qumran Commentaries and Pauline Letters
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Timothy H. Lim

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198262060.003.0006

This chapter reinvestigates the issue of exegetical modifications in the pesharim. The approach adopted here, that is to confine the search for exegetical variants to internal evidence found in the pesharim, has been careful to impute to the pesherists exegetical modifications simply because their biblical texts differed from the Masoretic Text (MT). Each possible case of exegetical modification has been assessed on its own merits, without any undue influence of MT readings. As a result, there are fewer examples that can pass the stricter criteria in view here and some of these are different from the ones often mentioned in the scholarly literature. These results are modest, but more defensible within the context of a greater awareness of the pluriformity of the biblical texts. They are also significant enough to show that the Qumranians were not mere commentators, but also in some sense, authors of the biblical texts.

Keywords:   exegetical alterations, Scripture, pesherists, Masoteric Text, Qumran

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