Category Archives: Textual Criticism of the Hebrew Bible

The Septuagint and Textual Criticism: Retroverting the Text

[One of my main areas of research is the Greek translation of the Hebrew Bible, the Septuagint. This post talks about how the Greek text can be used to help us understand the Hebrew original. It was originally published 08/2009] … Continue reading

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Textual Criticism In Action (TCHB 9)

In this post I will demonstrate the practice of textual criticism with two examples, Joshua 1:1 and Psalm 73:7, which highlight the practice of external and internal textual criticism, respectively. This is the ninth post in a series on the … Continue reading

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The Practice of Textual Criticism (TCHB 8)

With some of the theory surrounding textual criticism of the Hebrew Bible behind us, with this post I am going to discuss how to actually go about text criticism. This is the eighth post in a series on the textual … Continue reading

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The Goal(s) of Textual Criticism (TCHB 7)

In recent years there has been significant debate surrounding the ultimate goal of textual criticism. Traditionally the goal was simply to reconstruct the original text of the Old Testament. With the discovery of the Dead Sea Scrolls, it has become … Continue reading

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The History of the Biblical Text (TCHB 6)

The last few posts in this series discussed some of the major witnesses to the text of the Old Testament; this post will bring them together and describe a bit of the history of the transmission of the Hebrew Bible. … Continue reading

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Codex Sinaiticus: A Profile (TCHB 5)

Codex Sinaiticus (designated by the sigla א or S) was discovered in the nineteenth century by Constantine von Tischendorf at the Monastery of St. Catherine in the Sinai peninsula (hence its name). It is one of the oldest copies of … Continue reading

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Early Versions of the Hebrew Bible (TCHB 4)

This post continues surveying the witnesses to the text of the Old Testament. This post focuses on the early translation of the Hebrew Bible. This is the fourth in a series of posts on the textual criticism of the Hebrew … Continue reading

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Hebrew Witnesses to the Text of the Old Testament (TCHB 3)

One of the first tasks of the textual critic is to collect the variants among the different witnesses to the text of the Hebrew Bible. This post will introduce some of the Hebrew witnesses to this text. This is the … Continue reading

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Textual Criticism of the Hebrew Bible Resources (TCHB 2)

There are a number of great resources for those interested in learning more about textual criticism of the Hebrew Bible. Perhaps the first place to start is with some introductions to textual criticism. While there are not as many introductions … Continue reading

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Textual Criticism of the Hebrew Bible – An Introduction (TCHB 1)

I fancy myself a wee bit of a textual critic, though through my studies with the likes of Bruce Waltke, E.J. Revel, Stan Walters, Al Pietersma, among others, I perhaps more than anything else recognize the hard work and commitment … Continue reading

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