Ronald S. Hendel offers a careful and thorough re examination of
the text of Genesis 1 11. He takes a strongly positive position on
the value of the Septuagint as a reliable translation of its Hebrew
parent text. This position is contrary to that taken in most
existing studies of the text of Genesis, including some in standard
editions and reference works. Nevertheless, Hendel shows, there is
an accumulating mass of evidence indicating that his position is
Hendel begins with a discussion of theory and method, and points
out the lessons to be learned from the new biblical manuscripts
discovered at Qumran. He goes on to argue for the preparation of
eclectic critical editions of books of the Hebrew Bible a task long
pursued in Classical, New Testament, and Septuagint studies, but
still highly controversial with respect to the Hebrew scriptures.
The critical edition of Genesis 1 11 which follows is Hendel's
first step toward such a comprehensive task.
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