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5.1 Textual History of Samuel
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Part of 5 Samuel–Kings

5.1.1 Extant Witnesses

The oldest manuscripts of the book of Samuel derive from the second half of the Second Temple period: 4QSamb (, the oldest Hebrew manuscript, is dated paleographically to approximately 250 b.c.e.,1 4QSamc ( to approximately 100–75 b.c.e.,2 and 4QSama ( to approximately 50–25 b.c.e.3 No date was assigned to 1QSam ( in the official publication,4 but it is inscribed i…

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Ulrich, Eugene, “5.1 Textual History of Samuel”, in: Textual History of the Bible, General Editor Armin Lange. Consulted online on 27 February 2024 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2452-4107_thb_COM_0005010000>
First published online: 2020

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