Textual History of the Bible

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Part of 1 Overview Articles - 1.1 Introduction - 1.1.1 Textual History of the Hebrew Bible

Until approximately 250 b.c.e., there was no preserved written evidence of the text of the Hebrew Scriptures. The nature of the text was described in increasingly nuanced ways by the ancients and by the nineteenth- and twentieth-century literary, source, and redaction critics. The ancients, with little evidence, thought the books, in a form assumed to be close to a purified mt, were authored by the individuals whose names were attached to the books: Moses and the prophets. With t…

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Ulrich, Eugene, “ Nature of the Textual Evidence”, in: Textual History of the Bible, General Editor Armin Lange. Consulted online on 24 February 2024 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2452-4107_thb_COM_0001010103>
First published online: 2020

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