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The Text of the Hebrew Bible: From the Rabbis to the Masoretes
Martín-Contreras, Elvira and Lorena Miralles-Maciá, editors

Göttingen: Vandenhoeck & Ruprecht, 2014 pp. 262. €89.99

Series Information
Journal of Ancient Judaism, Supplements, 13


Description: This book aims to open up the discussion and research of the up to now unstudied period of the History of the Hebrew Bible text: the period from the apparent stabilization of the Hebrew biblical text until the standardization that is reflected in the manuscripts of biblical text, those including the Masorah (c. 2nd – 9th centuries A.D.). What took place from the time of the standardization of the consonantic text of the Hebrew Bible until the appearance of the first Masoretic codices? How was the biblical text preserved in the meantime? How was the body of notes that makes up the Masorah formed? How can the diversity of the textual traditions contained in the Masorah be explained and be consistent with the idea of a text established and standardized centuries before?

Subjects: Bible, Hebrew Bible/Old Testament, Literature, Methods, Historical Approaches, History, Textual Criticism

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Review by James R. Blankenship
Published 4/6/2017
Citation: James R. Blankenship, review of Elvira Martín-Contreras and Lorena Miralles-Maciá, eds., The Text of the Hebrew Bible: From the Rabbis to the Masoretes, Review of Biblical Literature [http://www.bookreviews.org] (2017).


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