Pluralism and Authoritativeness: The Case of the S Tradition

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This chapter takes the narrowing gap between the Hebrew Bible and the Qumran materials as its starting point both in terms of dating as well as the recognition that both collections testify to complex literary developments that can illuminate one another. I set out to stimulate more intellectual dialogue and less Apartheid between the scholarly debates on the emerging Bible and the textual fluidity of the S manuscripts. Both literatures witness a comparable attitude towards a pluriform and complex textual landscape which was apparently taken for granted and indicates that some – maybe all? – Jews in the late Second Temple period who had the leisure to engage with their literary heritage were accustomed to pluralities of texts.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationAuthoritative Scriptures in Ancient Judasium
Number of pages16
ISBN (Print)9789004185302
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2010

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NameSupplements to the Journal for the Study of Judaism


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