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The Text in the Middle


Michael B. Shepherd

Analysis of inner-biblical exegesis ordinarily involves examination of the intertextual relationship between two texts within the biblical corpus. But in many cases there is an often overlooked intertext that serves as a bridge between the two texts. Such an intermediary text reads the primary text in a manner similar to the way the tertiary text reads it and supplies a missing link in a very subtle yet identifiable manner. The direction of dependence between texts of this kind is not as important in the present study as the direction in which these texts were meant to be read by those who gave them their final shape.
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Library of Congress Cataloging-in-Publication DataShepherd, Michael B.The text in the middle / Michael B. Shepherd.pages cm. — (Studies in biblical literature; Vol. 162)Includes bibliographical references and index.1. Intertextuality in the Bible. 2. Bible. Old Testament—Criticism, interpretation, etc. I. Title.BS1171.3.S53  221.6—dc23  2014025202ISBN 978-1-4331-2832-5 (hardcover)ISBN 978-1-4539-1423-6 (e-book)ISSN 1089-0645Bibliographic information published by Die Deutsche Nationalbibliothek.Die Deutsche Nationalbibliothek lists this publication in the “Deutsche Nationalbibliografie”; detailed bibliographic data are available on the Internet at

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