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Evidence of Editing: Growth and Change of Texts in the Hebrew Bible
Reinhard Muller, Juha Pakkala, Bas Ter Haar Romeny
RBS 75
Publication Date
February 2014


A new perspective on editorial activity in the Hebrew Bible for research and teaching

Evidence of Editing lays out the case for substantial and frequent editorial activity within the Hebrew Bible. The authors show how editors omitted, expanded, rewrote, and compiled both smaller and larger phrases and passages to address religious and political change. The book refines the exegetical method of literary and redaction criticism, and its results have important consequences for the future use of the Hebrew Bible in historical and theological studies.


  • Hebrew, Greek, and Aramaic examples of editorial activity
  • Clear explanations of the distinctions between textual, literary, and redaction criticism
  • Fifteen chapters attesting to continual editorial activity in the Torah, the Prophets, and the Writings

Reinhard Müller is Lecturer in Old Testament Exegesis at the Ludwig-Maximilians-University of Munich. His monographs include Königtum und Gottesherrschaft (Mohr Siebeck), Jahwe als Wettergott (de Gruyter), and Ausgebliebene Einsicht (Neukirchener).

Juha Pakkala is Docent and University Lecturer in Biblical Exegesis and Classical Hebrew at the University of Helsinki. He is the author of Ezra the Scribe (de Gruyter), Intolerant Monolatry in the Deuteronomistic History, and God’s Word Omitted (both from Vandenhoeck & Ruprecht).

Bas ter Haar Romeny is Professor of Old Testament and Eastern Christianity at Leiden University and Director of the Peshitta Institute. His books and edited volumes include A Syrian in Greek Dress: The Use of Greek, Hebrew, and Syriac Biblical Texts in Eusebius of Emesa’s Commentary on Genesis (Peeters), The Peshitta: Its Use in Literature and Liturgy, and Religious Origins of Nations? The Christian Communities of the Middle East (both from Brill).

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