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The Formation of the Hebrew BibleA New Reconstruction$
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David M. Carr

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780199742608

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2012

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199742608.001.0001

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Documented Cases of Transmission History, Part 2

Documented Cases of Transmission History, Part 2

Broader Trends

(p.57) 3 Documented Cases of Transmission History, Part 2
The Formation of the Hebrew Bible

David M. Carr

Oxford University Press

Building on the previous two chapters, this one expands to a survey of four broad trends in documented cases of transmission. This includes further survey of memory variants, an argument for a broader trend toward expansion (including discussion of several potential exceptions to this trend, such as Esdras/Ezra-Nehemiah, the Qumran Community Rule and Chronicles//Samuel-Kings), the frequent partial preservation of earlier traditions (with omission particularly of beginnings and endings of source-texts), and scribal conflation and other sorts of coordination of texts with themselves and other texts in the literary-theological corpus. Some other documented examples of growth discussed include Atrahasis, Etana, Anzu, Assyrian Royal Inscriptions, and editions of biblical texts (e.g. Samuel, Jeremiah; the Pentateuch). Together, despite documentation of variation and occasion omission, these examples show a tendency toward preservation of ancient tradition reflecting elements of scribal ideology broadly shared across the ancient world.

Keywords:   Esdras, Qumran community rule, Chronicles, Atrahasis, Etana, Assyrian Royal Inscriptions, Jeremiah, Pentateuch

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