SV: SV: [b-hebrew] Samaritan Pentateuch

Thomas L. Thompson tlt at
Fri Oct 15 12:35:02 EDT 2004

I am very sorry for the misunderstanding. I was referring to the manuscript. It is certainly a very important variant to the massoretic.

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	Sendt: fr 15-10-2004 17:53 
	Til: Schmuel; b-hebrew at 
	Emne: Re: SV: [b-hebrew] Samaritan Pentateuch

	E. Tov has a detailed, and fascinating, discussion of both the fragmentary texts labeled 'proto-Samaritan' from the Dead Sea Scrolls ( DSS), as well as the linguistic features of the Samaritan as a whole.
	One of the main features of the proto- Smaritan/ Samaritan texts are the so callled harmonizations, or normalizations of  peculiar grammatical or lexical usages, for example: Gen 9:29  WYHY KL YMY NWX in MT becomes the proper WYHYW KL YMY NWX,  or Gen 49:11  SWTH in MT becomes the much clearer KSWTW .
	There are other differences onveniently listed by Tov.
	Schmuel <schmuel at> wrote:
	Hi b-hebrew,
	Thomas L. Thompson
	>The Samaritan Pentateuch is a medieval text. For a discussion of this manuscript tradition see I. Hjelm, The Samaritans and Early Judaism (Sheffield 2000), p. 76-83.
	By a medieval text does one mean that it was actually written at that time ?
	Or that we have not found archeological trace of an earlier such text ?
	If someone who has the Hjelm article could expand on this a little,
	it would be greatly appreciated.
	Apparently scholars like Emanuel Tov consider it as a Bible that deserves be thrown into
	their textcrit mix, along with the DSS, the LXX, Vulgate, Peshitta, Targum, etc. I am not
	sure why they would do that if it was simply a medieval text.
	I know that early CE writers reference their pronunciation of the Tetragrammaton.
	Are there no references to their Tanach ?
	Steven Avery
	Queens, NY
	Marianne Luban
	> Is there any recent consensus on the date of the Samaritan Pentateuch? Is
	> there a general agreement that it dates to the Hasmonean era?
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