Re: [textualcriticism] OTTC
- On Apr 29, 2009, at 10:01 AM, isaiah_burton@... wrote:
> Hell all,A few annotated suggestions below. Wurthwein & Tov are the good
> I was actually just curious if anyone can recommend some good
> resources for studying Old Testament Textual Criticism.
general introductions that are the best place to start. With Tov,
try to get ahold of the second edition of the book from 2001 not the
1992 first edition.
Abegg, Martin G., Peter W. Flint, and Eugene Charles Ulrich. The Dead
Sea scrolls Bible : the oldest known Bible. San Francisco: Harper &
This volume collects into the traditional biblical order a
translation of all the Old Testament texts found at Qumran. The
"Bible" that is assembled has many holes as a result because not
every biblical text is witnessed in the library. This bible then
footnotes the agreement of the Qumran bible texts with the Hebrew and
Greek traditions of the Old Testament as well as other versions as
applicable. The short introduction discusses the nature of the texts
found at Qumran.
Schenker, Adrian, ed. The Earliest Text of the Hebrew Bible: The
Relationship Between the Masoretic Text and the Hebrew Base of the
Septuagint Reconsidered. Boston: Brill, 2004.
The essays presented in this volume reflect the present state of
research into the latest stages of the literary development of the
Hebrew Bible and the earliest period of its textual history. They
reassess the relationship between the Septuagint and the Hebrew text
of the Bible, and shed new light on the literary history and
transmission of biblical books between 300 B.C.E. and 100 C.E., a
crucial period for the history of the biblical canon. The
distinguished list of contributors includes Dieter Bvhler (Germany),
Pierre-Maurice Bogaert (Belgium), Johan Lust (Belgium), Natalio
Fernandez Marcos (Spain), Olivier Munnich (France), Adrian Schenker
(Switzerland), and Emanuel Tov (Israel).
Tov, Emanuel. Textual criticism of the Hebrew Bible. 2nd ed.
Minneapolis: Fortress Press, 2001.
Tov’s treatment of text criticism is nearly three times the length
of Wurthwein’s. Tov goes into much greater detail on the types of
errors that creep into a text in the copying process and supports
these discussions with multiple examples of each in the Old Testament
Text. There is also an excellent treatment of the early translations
of the Old Testament and their use in text critical studies. The
volume also includes a collection of thirty plates of early texts.
Tov, Emanuel, and Martin G. Abegg. The texts from the Judaean desert:
indices and an introduction to the Discoveries in the Judaean desert
series. Vol. 39 Discoveries in the Judaean desert. Oxford: Clarendon
The series "Discoveries in the Judaean desert" is the official
publication in the original languages of all of the Dead Sea Scrolls
and related material. This volume contains a number of annotated
lists and indexes for the volumes already published. There are also
introductory articles by a number of the scholars involved in editing
and publishing the scrolls.
Ulrich, Eugene Charles. The Dead Sea scrolls and the origins of the
Bible. Studies in the Dead Sea scrolls and related literature. Grand
Rapids: Eerdmans, 1999.
This collection of fourteen essays concentrates on the textual and
canonical issues that are illuminated by the Dead Sea Scrolls. The
book is organized into two parts, essays about Hebrew text issues and
essays on the LXX and Old Latin text issues. This is a great example
of how the scrolls have impacted textual studies.
Wurthwein, Ernst. The text of the Old Testament: an introduction to
the Biblia Hebraica. Translated by Erroll Rhodes. 2nd ed. Grand
Rapids: Eerdmans, 1979.
This general introduction to Hebrew text criticism has two main
parts, a description of the Hebrew text, versions and process of text
criticism and a listing of 49 plates of language sources with short
descriptions of each. The introduction covers all the early
translations of the Old Testament from Hebrew and the light they shed
on the Hebrew text. There are also chapters on the process and
method of text criticism.
MA, Theology Duquesne University
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- Greetings Isaiah,
Besides what others have already mentioned, you might want to visit Google Books, download the fourth volume of the Encyclopedia Biblica (Q to Z), turn to columns 5011-5031, and read the part of the entry for "Text and Versions" that relates to the Old Testament. It's a nice introduction to OT materials, as they were known when the article was written.
Yours in Christ,
James Snapp, Jr.