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Scribes writing scripture : doublets, textual divination, and the formation of the Book of Jeremiah / by Justus Theodore Ghormley.
Ghormley, Justus T.
Leiden ; Boston : Brill, 
xvii, 225 pages ; 25 cm.
Criticism, interpretation, etc
Divination in the Bible
Supplements to Vetus Testamentum ; v. 189.
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Supplements to Vetus Testamentum, 0083-5889 ; volume 189
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"The biblical book of Jeremiah was frequently expanded and revised through duplication by anonymous scribes in ancient Judea. Who were these scribes? What gave them the authority to revise divinatory texts like Jeremiah? And when creating duplicates, what did they think they were doing? In Scribes Writing Scripture: Doublets, Textual Divination, and the Formation of Jeremiah, Justus Theodore Ghormley explores possible answers to these questions. The scribes who revised Jeremiah are textual diviners akin to divining scribal scholars of ancient Near Eastern royal courts; and their practice of expanding Jeremiah through duplication involves techniques of textual divination comparable the practice of textual divination utilized in the formation of ancient Near Eastern divinatory texts"-- Provided by publisher.
Originally presented as the author's thesis (Ph.D.--University of Notre Dame, 2015) under the title Inspired scribes.
Includes bibliographical references (pages 195-216) and indexes.
Introduction : inspired scribes
Contents of study
Scribal scholars and textual divination in the Ancient Near East
Scribal practice and education in the Ancient Near East
The scribal scholar in Ancient Mesopotamia
Scribal scholars and the textualization of divination
Ancient Near Eastern divination
Examples of textual divination in Ancient Near Eastern texts
Textual divination in Omen Compendia
Textual divination in the Mari letters
Textual divination in Neo-Assyrian literary prophecy
Conclusion : the common scribal endeavor of textual divination
The incremental formation of the book of Jeremiah
The divinatory and scribal origins or Jeremiah
The book of Jeremiah and the Deuteronomistic tradition
The formation of Jer⁺n
Describing the final literary stages of book of Jeremiah
Conclusion : refining the two-editions theory of Jeremiah
Doublets and textual divination in Jeremiah
Text #1 : from the least to the greatest, all are greedy
Text #2 : your wealth and treasure I give as plunder
Text #3 : look! days are coming, says the Yhwh!
Text #4 : but you, my servant Jacob, do not fear!
Text #5 : look! like an eagle
Text #6 : I will make you to be a wall of bronze
Text #7 : shall I not punish for these things?
Text #8 : look! a people from the North
Conclusions about Jeremiah's doublets
The divinatory role and status of Ancient Jewish Scribes
Intra-Jeremianic and Intra-Scriptural training
Post-duplication textual development
Ancient Jewish scribal education
Scribal divination in the book Jeremiah and in the Ancient Near East
Conclusion : inspiration as a fruitful category for historical reflection.
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