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Gottes Wort im Menschenwort

Festschrift für Georg Fischer SJ zum 60. Geburtstag

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Edited By Dominik Markl, Claudia Paganini and Simone Paganini

Gottes Selbstmitteilung ist in den Texten der Bibel in menschlichen Worten vermittelt. Nach dem Zweiten Vatikanischen Konzil soll die Exegese diese Texte mit allen verfügbaren – menschlichen – Methoden durchleuchten, um in ihnen Gottes Wort zu finden. Georg Fischer, dem diese Festschrift gewidmet ist, hat sich stets der Vielfalt des alttestamentlichen Kanons verpflichtet gewusst. Diese Weite spiegelt sich im vorliegenden Band, der fünf Beiträge zum Pentateuch, sieben Artikel zu den prophetischen Büchern, verschiedene Studien zu den Schriften sowie eine Arbeit zum Neuen Testament vereinigt. Alle Autoren dieses Bandes sind dem Jubilar als Lehrer begegnet. Ihre Beiträge sind von seiner Ausrichtung inspiriert. Sie präsentieren exegetische Analyse, die auf das Verständnis der theologischen Botschaft abzielt.
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Sin of Omission or Commission: An Insertion in 4QJera?

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Sin of Omission or Commission

An Insertion in 4QJera?*

Joseph Riordan

1. Introduction

4QJera is the oldest extant witness to the Book of Jeremiah, as well as one of the earliest specimens among the scrolls unearthed at Qumran. The script is dated with some confidence to around 200 B.C.,1 and its textual character is described as “very close to the proto-Massoretic text.”2 Curiously, the scribe wrote an incomplete line toward the end of chapter 7, indicating an open paragraph, which a later Hasmonean hand (100-50 B.C.) would fill in with a long block of text, corresponding to Jer 7:30-8:3 in the MT. As this “insertion”3 did not fit in the space, the later scribe continued to copy the text in small script around the side and bottom margins. What is the nature of this addition, and how is it related to the primary text of Jeremiah? That is, should the later insertion be construed as part of the original text or, alternatively, is it “only a secondary passage ← 99 | 100 → simply added by the later scribe due to the growth of the tradition?”4 I want to examine this question in more detail. To that end, I will survey the theories of Tov and Ulrich that try to account for this lacuna before weighing in on the debate. The evidence on the whole favors the authenticity of Jer 7:30-8:3, as I hope...

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