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The Israelite Samaritan Version of the Torah: First English Translation Compared with the Masoretic Version
Tsedaka, Benyamim and Sharon Sullivan, editors

Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 2013 pp. xxxvi + 522. $100


Description: This landmark volume presents the first-ever English translation of the ancient Israelite Samaritan version of the Pentateuch, or Torah. A text of growing interest and importance in the field of biblical studies, the Samaritan Pentateuch preserves a version of the Hebrew text distinct from the traditional Masoretic Text that underlies modern Bible translations.

Benyamim Tsedaka's expert English translation of the Samaritan Pentateuch is here laid out parallel to the more familiar Masoretic Text, highlighting the more than 6,000 differences between the two versions. In addition to extensive explanatory notes in the margins throughout, the book's detailed appendices show affinities between the Samaritan and Septuagint versions and between the Samaritan and Dead Sea Scroll texts. Concluding the volume is a categorical name index containing a wealth of comparative information.

Subjects: Bible, Hebrew Bible/Old Testament, Pentateuch, Other Literature, Literature, Methods, Linguistics, Hebrew

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Review by James R. Blankenship
Published 3/20/2015
Citation: James R. Blankenship, review of Benyamim Tsedaka and Sharon Sullivan, eds., The Israelite Samaritan Version of the Torah: First English Translation Compared with the Masoretic Version, Review of Biblical Literature [http://www.bookreviews.org] (2015).


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