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The Samaritan Version of the Book of Numbers with Hebrew Variants: A Close Textual Study
Phillips, David Lee

Lewiston, NY: Edwin Mellen, 2014 pp. 302. $179.95

Description: The voice of long-dead native speakers is resurrected in this outstanding study on the Old Testament Book of Numbers. Accurate translation of Old Testament scripture has always been problematic without the input of native speakers for the written languages of that record. This work seeks to stay as close as possible to the voice of the verbs and non-verbs of the Hebrew sentences of those ancient texts. This book provides the critical Hebrew text of Numbers circa 600BCE along with a coherent English translation that visually shows off all the autograph differences from the traditional text. The purpose of giving the lexicon form and the grammar of all variant Hebrew words, and their manuscript sources, is to allow access to everyone who wants an analysis of the Hebrew language.

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

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Review by Nathan R. Jastram
Published 7/20/2017
Citation: Nathan R. Jastram, review of David Lee Phillips, The Samaritan Version of the Book of Numbers with Hebrew Variants: A Close Textual Study, Review of Biblical Literature [] (2017).

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