Fortress Press

Textual Criticism: Recovering the Text of the Hebrew Bible

Textual Criticism

Recovering the Text of the Hebrew Bible

P. Kyle McCarter (Author)


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Professor McCarter here offers an introduction to the art and science of textual criticism for students of the Hebrew Bible. His emphasis is on the work involved in the critical evaluation of a given portion of text. His explanations of critical principles are illustrated with carefully selected examples of the textual phenomena discussed—in Hebrew, with English translations. The book concludes with unique appendices on several kinds of essential but hard-to-find information.
  • Publisher Fortress Press
  • ISBN 9780800604714
  • Format Paperback
  • Dimensions 5.5 x 8.5
  • Pages 94
  • Publication Date January 1, 1986

Table of Contents

Editor's Foreword
Abbreviations and Symbols

I. The Art and Science of Textual Criticism
A. The Necessity of Textual Criticism
B. In Defense of Textual Criticism
C. Housman's Dog
D. Some General Guideline

II. The Causes of Textual Corruption
A. Changes That Expand the text
B. Changes That Shorten the text
C. Changes That Do Not Affect the Length of the Text
D. Deliberate Changes

III. The Basic Procedures of Textual Criticism
A. The Three Stages of Textual Criticism
B. The Critical Process