Documented Cases of Transmission History, Part 2

David M. Carr

in The Formation of the Hebrew Bible

Published in print October 2011 | ISBN: 9780199742608
Published online January 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780199918737 | DOI:
Documented Cases of Transmission History, Part 2

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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

Chapter.  26306 words. 

Subjects: Biblical Studies

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