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The Biblia Qumranica as a Synoptic Edition of the Biblical Dead Sea Scrolls

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The Biblia Qumranica aims to provide a tool for the comparative study of the biblical Dead Sea Scrolls. To that end, it provides a columnar synopsis of all biblical manuscripts found at Qumran and the other sites around the Dead Sea. In so doing, the Biblia Qumranica follows editorial interests and an editorial philosophy, which are different from though not opposed to the conception of other critical biblical editions. Before engaging with the Biblia Qumranica itself, I will discuss the editorial theories of some recent critical editions of the Hebrew Bible. At the end of this article, I will provide an example of how the Biblia Qumranica facilitates comparative textual analysis of biblical Dead Sea Scrolls.

Document Type: Research Article


Publication date: 2013-03-01

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  • Hebrew Bible and Ancient Israel is a new, peer-reviewed, quarterly journal focusing primarily on the biblical texts in their ancient historical contexts, but also on the history of Israel in its own right. Each issue has a topical focus. The primary language is English, but articles may also be published in German and French. A specific goal of the new journal is to foster discussion among different academic cultures within a larger international context pertaining to the study of the Hebrew Bible and ancient Israel in the first millennium B. C. E.
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