Book Reviews -- By: Anonymous
BBR 21:3 (2011) p. 387
Eugene Ulrich, ed. The Biblical Qumran Scrolls: Transcriptions and Textual Variants. VTSup
The Biblical Qumran Scrolls is a welcome addition to the increasing number of volumes that provide primary source material relevant to the Hebrew Bible. It brings together all the pertinent data from the biblical scrolls from Qumran that scholars will need when engaging the biblical text from a text-critical and exegetical perspective. According to the editor, the transcriptions (including also the textual variants) are “for the most part identical” (p. ix) to those in the editiones principes published in the Discoveries in the Judaean Desert (DJD) series (particularly volumes
Following a page acknowledging the contribution of colleagues and graduate assistants to this major enterprise (p. xi), a lengthy list of abbreviations and sigla (based on those used in the DJD series, the BHS, and the Göttingen edition of the LXX [pp. xiii–xvi]) is included that the user will need to consult repeatedly. In fact, it may be a good idea to keep a photocopied version of the list handy when working with the book, thus avoiding frequent visits to the front matters of the compendium. The volume concludes with two indexes, (a) detailing the editor (in the DJD series) of each individual manuscript (pp. 779-81) and (b) providing a helpful reference of all the biblical passages contained in the extant biblical manuscripts from Qumran (pp. 783-96).
Following the basic layout of the original DJD series, the Qumran text is presented in context, that is, the often-fragmentary data from the scroll (often depending on size and column reconstructions and consonant width) is supplemented with the unpointed Masoretic Text. As has been noted elsewhere, this “fitting” and “reconstruction” requires text-critical choices and interpreta...
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