Item description for Formation and Reformulation: The Redaction of the Book of Joshua in the Light of the Oldest Textual Witnesses (Supplements to Vetus Testamentum) by Michael Meer...
This volume offers a critical examination of recent theories concerning the growth of biblical literature in the light of the oldest textual witnesses (the Qumran biblical scrolls and the Septuagint). On the basis of a fresh examination of a selection of passages in the book of Joshua, it is shown that these witnesses do not reflect a stage in the literary formation of the book prior to the standardised (Masoretic) text, but a reinterpretation and reformulation of its contents. The study presents a new literary-critical solution to the intricate problems of Joshua 8 and a detailed exegesis of the Greek version of Joshua 1 and 5. Of special interest for Qumran scholars is the new reconstruction of 4QJoshua-a.
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Michael N. van der Meer, Ph.D. (2001) in Theology at Leiden University, currently teaches religion at a secondary school in Amstelveen and publishes articles in the field of textual criticism of the Hebrew Bible