In this episode of Hebrew Voices, The Bible of the Dead Sea Scrolls, Nehemia Gordon talks to Professor Emanuel Tov, the world’s foremost scholar on the Dead Sea Scrolls and author of the definitive “Textual Criticism of the Hebrew Bible.” Gordon and Tov’s discussion yields an enlightening mix of 101 material as well as fascinating (and accessible) post-doctoral details.
If you think you know the history of Bible texts, you might want to hang tightly onto your hat. Tov explains the “five families of text” that are progenitors of the Tanakh—their histories, spelling systems, adherents, the liberties taken by their respective scribes, and the events that led to the Masoretic Text becoming the only Bible of Judaism. An accident of history or Divine Providence? Tune in and decide for yourself.
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Professor Emanuel Tov of the Hebrew University of Jerusalem served as editor-in-chief of the Dead Sea Scrolls Publication Project, the official publication of the Dead Sea Scrolls. His book "Textual Criticism of the Hebrew Bible" is used as a standard text-book at universities and seminaries around the world.