Contours in the Text: Textual Variation in the Writings of Paul, Josephus and the Yahad
Contours in the Text: Textual Variation in the Writings of Paul, Josephus and the Yahad

Contours in the Text: Textual Variation in the Writings of Paul, Josephus and the Yahad

in The Library of New Testament Studies

by Jonathan D. H. Norton

Pages 224
Publisher T&T Clark
Published 2011
ISBN-13 9780567229397
This is an examination of Paul's possible awareness of the plurality of Ancient Jewish Scripture. Norton-Piliavsky places Paul's work within the context of ancient Jewish literary practice, bridging the gap between textual criticism and social history in contemporary discussions. The author argues that studies of ancient Jewish exegesis draw on two distinct analytical modes: the text-critical and the socio-historical. He then shows that the two are usually joined together in discussions of ancient Jewish literature arguing that as a result of this commentators often allow the text-critical approach to guide their efforts to understand historical questions. Norton argues that text-critical and historical data must be combined, but not conflated and in this volume sets out a new approach, showing that exegesis was part of an ongoing discussion, which included mutually supporting written and oral practices. Norton shows that Josephus' and Dead Sea sectarians' use of textual variation, like Paul's, belongs to this discussion demonstrating that neither Paul nor his contemporaries viewed Jewish scripture as a fixed literary monolith. Rather, they took part in a dynamic exegetical dialogue, constituted by oral as much as textual modes.

  • Table of contents
  • Chapter one: Paul and Jewish scripture
  • Chapter two: Paul and textual criticism
  • Chapter three: Josephus and textual plurality
  • Chapter four: Dead Sea Sectarians and textual plurality
  • Chapter five: Scribes and textual plurality
  • Chapter six: Approaches to Paul's rhetoric
  • Chapter seven: Paul and textual plurality
  • Chapter eight: Conclusion
  • Appendices
  • Bibliography

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