From: J.K. Aitken (email@example.com)
Date: Tue Sep 28 1999 - 06:56:44 EDT
By joining the list I have now confused things by having two Jims
on it. Perhaps I should be addressed as Jim2 !?
Anyway, Purvis' book will not help you here as it is concerned
with the historical origins of the Samaritans and their Pentateuch;
something that the odd waw here and there will not help with. His only
interest in waw is in the indication it gives for the development of
There is in our library here a book that publishes the Samaritan
Pentateuch in Hebrew and then puts in bold type all those places (letters
or whole words) where the Sam differes from the MT. I think the book is
Jewish version-Samaritan version of the Pentateuch: with particular stress
on the difference between both texts, edited by Avraham & Ratson Sadaqa
(Tel-Aviv: [Rubin, Mass.], 1961-65).
But I am not in my library at the moment so that I cannot check this for
I am sure that somewhere one can find the differences listed and I
think I have a (home-made) copy in my notes but cannot find it at present
(my filing system is merely to pile everything up together).
Hope that helps. If I find anything I shall let you know.
On Tue, 28 Sep 1999, Paul Zellmer wrote:
> (Sorry to continue this thread on the Greek list, but that's where it
> was ongoing, and I'm not sure all the participants are members of the
> Hebrew list. I'd check, but that's excluded by the list security
> measures :^/ )
> Before I consider starting what for me is a lengthy procedure of
> procuring Purvis' book, perhaps you can help me see if it would benefit
> me greatly. Right now, I'm most interested in the cases of additional
> waw's. Does he attempt to list all the places where the texts differ,
> or does he tend more to summarize and then give a few examples?
> Thanks for any info you can give.
> ----- Original Message -----
> From: J.K. Aitken <firstname.lastname@example.org>
> To: Biblical Greek <email@example.com>
> Sent: Tuesday, September 28, 1999 12:09 AM
> Subject: Re: Samaritan Pentateuch
> > The James Purvis book does not contain the text of the Smaritan
> > Pentateuch, and as Jim west has pointed out there is no available
> > translation. But there is unlikely ever to be one, sicne the
> > between the Samaritan Pentateuch and the Massoretic text are few. To
> > translate it would be re-inventing the wheel.
> > Most divergences from the MT (not speaking historical but
> > 'synoptically' since the Sam is earlier!) are in the orthography
> > lectionis etc. in Hebrew) and not in the sense, or in the addition of
> > 'and' (waw) here and there. There are very few theological?content
> > differences. These mostly are orientated around additions to the
> > of Moses in Deuteronomy.
> > Most studies on the Sam Pentateuch (including to some extent
> > Purvis) will discuss these differences.
> > Jim Aitken
> > Cambridge, UK
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