[b-hebrew] Primary and Secondary Old Testament Witnesses
Harold R. Holmyard III
hholmyard at ont.com
Wed Aug 25 19:52:12 EDT 2004
>Are the following statements true?
>1. The primary Old Testament witnesses are the Masoretic Text and the
>2. The secondary Old Testament witnesses include:
> i. The Dead Sea Scrolls,
> ii. The Samaritan Pentateuch,
> iii. The Wadi Murabbaat Manuscripts,
> iv. The Masada Manuscripts,
> v. The Geniza Fragments.
>If the above statements are true, what is the justification for selecting
>some witnesses as primary witnesses and other witnesses as secondary
HH: I would call them all primary witnesses with the possible
exception of the Septuagint, which is a translation into another
language. All the other materials are ancient or very old records of
the Scriptures in the original languages. But in another sense even
translations are primary witnesses, since they are ancient copies of
the Scriptures. I would consider as secondary witnesses the quotation
of Scripture in other writings.
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