Book Review – Rewriting Scripture in Second Temple Times

Rewriting Scripture in Second Temple Times
Sidnie White Crawford

Series: Studies in the Dead Sea Scrolls and Related Literature (SDSS)

PAPERBACK; Published: 4/14/2008
ISBN: 978-0-8028-4740-9
172 Pages
Price: $ 18.00


Eerdmans graciously sent along a copy of this book to review.  It looks really interesting and is right in line with my interests!  Here is the blurb:

The biblical manuscripts found at Qumran, contends Sidnie White Crawford, reflect a spectrum of text movement from authoritative scriptural traditions to completely new compositions. Treating six major groups of texts, she shows how differences in the texts result from a particular understanding of the work of the scribe — not merely to copy but also to interpret, update, and make relevant the Scripture for the contemporary Jewish community of the time. Thisáscribal practice led to texts that were “rewritten” or “reworked” and considered no less important or accurate than the originals.

Propounding a new theory of how these texts cohere as a group, Crawford offers an original and provocative work for readers interested in the Second Temple period.

I will be reviewing it shortly.


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