Re(de)fining Historical Criticism of the Hebrew Bible in Light of Textual History

Programme

The research group focuses on the editorial techniques applied by ancient scribes during the creation and transmission of the Hebrew Bible. It investigates ancient editorial techniques in light of empirical or documented evidence provided by parallel versions in different books or divergent textual traditions. What can be learned from this evidence about the factual scribal techniques or ancient methods of editing, and how do they relate to the classic methodological assumptions made in redaction criticism which seeks to reconstruct redaction history without empirical evidence?

Leading questions of the research group are: How do the editorial changes that are empirically observable relate to the respective older text, how do they impact its form and message? Would the changes we observe by comparing parallel versions and divergent manuscript traditions be detectable also in the case that such documented evidence would be unavailable? What methodological conclusions need to be drawn from these observations?

Key Words:
Textual plurality, Textual Criticism, Historical Criticism, Literary History, Improving Methodology

 

Chairs

Reinhard Müller
University of Münster 

Juha Pakkala
University of Helsinki 


Member Area

Wuppertal 2021 Call for Papers

This unit is not accepting any new proposals for the 2021 conference

The unit welcomes any papers that discuss ancient editorial techniques in light of documented evidence provided by divergent textual traditions: What can be learned from such evidence about the factual scribal techniques or ancient methods of editing, and how do they relate to the classic methodological assumptions made in redaction criticism? We especially encourage the submission of papers that seek to reflect on methodological issues in light of concrete example texts and/or seek to cross interdisciplinary boundaries between textual criticism, historical criticism, and/or manuscript studies. Doctoral students and scholars in an early stage of career are especially encouraged to submit papers on these topics.

This year we will also have two invited sessions. 



The Annual Conference 2021
takes place 3-6 August
in Wuppertal. Read more.