Evidence of Editing: Growth and Change of Texts in the Hebrew Bible

This book seeks to demonstrate that substantial editing took place in the history of the Hebrew Bible. It presents empirical evidence that gives exemplary insight into the editorial processes. The examples show how successive scribes updated the texts to accord with changed historical and social circumstances and with new religious concepts. On the basis of evidence that is collected here it can reasonably be assumed that editorial r...

Ezra the Scribe: The Development of Ezra 7-10 and Nehemia 8

This monograph investigates the literary development of Ezra 7-10 and Neh 8. With a detailed literary critical analysis, the investigation shows that the text was produced in several successive editorial phases for at least two centuries. Thus the final text cannot be used for historical purposes. The oldest text emerged as a short narrative, entirely written in the third person. It describes how a Torah scribe (Schriftgelehrter) cal...