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Dec 30, 2015 Richard Mansfield

A Closer Look at the Greek Judean Desert Manuscripts

Greek Judean Desert Manuscripts w/ReadMe Our “Closer Look” series of blog posts we’ve been posting this week has been designed to give a little bit of attention to all the new titles that were released in time for the ETS & SBL Conferences in November. That is such a busy time for us we often don’t get a chance to give as much focus on those new items as we would like.

Click on the image to the right to see a larger view of the Greek Judean Desert Manuscripts module for the Accordance Library.

If your interests lie in the literary background for biblical texts, you will want to take a look at our recently released Greek Judean Desert Manuscripts module, compiled by Emanuel Tov and Martin Abegg. This collection of documents includes all Greek fragments found in the Judean desert that were not part of the Dead Sea Scrolls or the Bible.

As described on our product page, these documents include the following:

Loans, Deeds of Sale, various Accountings, Marriage Contracts, Writs of Divorce, Deposits, Petitions, Summons, Crop Purchases, Letters, and a few Literary Texts. They mostly date to the time of the first and second Jewish Revolt. These documents might be thought of as the personal files and papers of the Jews who were hiding from the Roman authorities.

If you already have some of our other biblical and extra-biblical manuscript collections, the Greek Judean Desert Manuscripts make an excellent addition to your Accordance Library.

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Dec 28, 2015 Richard Mansfield

A Closer Look at Emanuel Tov's Books on Textual Criticism

If textual studies are your area of interest, your Accordance Library will not be complete without Emanuel Tov’s Textual Criticism of the Hebrew Bible and The Text-Critical Use of the Septuagint in Biblical Research. Together, these volumes leave no stone unturned in looking at manuscript evidence and development of the Hebrew Bible and its first translation, the Septuagint.

What is Textual Criticism? Tov defines it this way:

Textual criticism deals with the nature and origin of all the witnesses of a composition or text, in our case the biblical books. This analysis often involves an attempt to discover the original form of details in a composition, or even of large stretches of text, although what exactly constitutes (an) “original text(s)” is subject to much debate. In the course of this inquiry, attempts are made to describe how the texts were written, changed, and transmitted from one generation to the next [Textual Criticism of the Hebrew Bible, p. 1].

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In the image at the left, Tim Jenney ("Dr. J") demonstrates for Emanuel Tov how his books on textual criticism integrate with the Accordance Library.

In the third revised and expanded edition of Textual Criticism of the Hebrew Bible, Tov emphasizes the significance of the discovery of the Dead Sea Scrolls and the impact this had on textual criticism of the Hebrew Bible. And if anyone wants to dismiss textual criticism as a practical exercise, Tov gives significant attention to the impact upon biblical exegesis as well as literary criticism.

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As the history of the Hebrew Bible and Septuagint are so historically and textually intertwined, The Text-Critical Use of the Septuagint in Biblical Research (also in its third revised and expanded edition) is invaluable for understanding the development of these two corollary texts. As with his volume on the Hebrew Bible, Tov emphasizes the importance of textual criticism upon exposition and literary analysis. However, for the individual who has not yet discovered how to integrate the Septuagint into biblical research, this volume serves as an excellent introduction for determining how the Hebrew and Greek biblical texts work together.

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Click on the image above for a closer look at Tov's The Text-Critical Use of the Septuagint in Biblical Research

The Accordance Team has analyzed both of Tov’s works on textual criticism with meticulous precision. All content has been tagged according to the following fields for Textual Criticism of the Hebrew Bible: English Content, Hebrew/Aramaic Content, Greek Content, Transliteration, Manuscripts, Scripture, Bibliography, Table Titles, Captions, Image Credits, and Page Numbers. The Text-Critical Use of the Septuagint in Biblical Research receives the same kind of careful attention with content assigned these fields: English Content, Scripture, Greek Content, Hebrew Content, Transliteration, Manuscripts, Bibliography and Page Numbers. Such careful tagging of Tov’s works allows the Accordance user to find the exact content needed quickly and efficiently.

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Textual Criticism of the Hebrew Bible (3rd Edition) (Tov)

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The Text-Critical Use of the Septuagint in Biblical Research (3rd Edition) (Tov)

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Aug 18, 2014 Richard Mansfield

Emanuel Tov on Accordance

Dr. Emanuel Tov, professor of Bible at Hebrew University, discusses the value of Accordance and computer-aided research in biblical studies.