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Re: [textualcriticism] Deuteronomy 32:8 - circularity in modern Masoretic Text emendation methodology

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  • A. Dirkzwager
    It is good to weigh the importance of the manuscripts, not to follow the majority without thinking (as in real life too!!). In textual criticism of Greek and
    Message 1 of 40 , May 7, 2012
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      It is good to weigh the importance of the manuscripts, not to follow the
      majority without thinking (as in real life too!!). In textual criticism
      of Greek and Latin writers and of the NT the manuscripts are not
      counted, but weighed. Textual criticism there is not a matter of
      stratistics or "objective" rules, but of thinking and personal judgment.
      It is an art. And that's a pity for sience.

      The Dead Sea Scrolls are relatively early. The LXX and the Samaritan
      Pentateuch too. "Angels of God" is an interpretative translation of
      "Sons of God". That translation supports "Sons of God".
      The MT is an *edition* that was followed by the later synagogue. So the
      many (nearly) identical manuscripts of the MT can be seen as one testimony.

      Second question.
      Is it sure that other manuscripts of the LXX have "Sons of Israel"? In
      E. Tov, Textual Criticism of the Hebrew Bible, Minneapolis-Assen 2001,
      second edition, p. 269, I read that most manuscripts of the LXX have
      "Angels of God". Aquila (also an early independent testimony) had
      "Angels of God" too. Some manuscripts of the LXX have "Sons of God".
      Nothing about "Sons of Israel" in the Greek tradition.
      Does anyone know more?

      Arie

      A. Dirkzwager
      Hoeselt, Belgium
      www.dirkzwagerarie.be
    • Dave Washburn
      No problem. The dual cataloging system for the DSS is absurdly confusing to everybody, probably including the good folks who devised it. Dave Washburn
      Message 40 of 40 , May 12, 2012
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        No problem. The dual cataloging system for the DSS is absurdly confusing to everybody, probably including the good folks who devised it.

        Dave Washburn
        http://www.nyx.net/~dwashbur
        Check out my review show, No Life With Irving



        To: textualcriticism@yahoogroups.com
        From: bucksburg@...
        Date: Fri, 11 May 2012 08:32:49 -0700
        Subject: Re: [textualcriticism] Re: 4Q37 and "sons of God"

         

        Apparently 4Q37 was the 37th mss recovered from Cave 4, now cataloged as 4QDeut-j, and conflated by none other than yours truly as 4QDeut37. So we can remove that ID number from the list right off! and are back to two DSS mss that contain the phrase in question.
         
        Daniel Buck



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