The Samaritan Pentateuch is an essential text for understanding the complex textual history of the Old Testament texts. Its existence was “rediscovered” by scholars during the 17th century and its importance as a textual witness has been vigorously debated since that time. Although the Samaritan Pentateuch is most commonly known for its sectarian readings, such as God’s command to build the temple on mount Gerizim, its value is in no way diminished, evident from its numerous agreements with the Septuagint and Dead Sea Scrolls against the Masoretic Text, as well as the agreements between Stephen’s sermon in Acts against any known Masoretic Text.
August von Gall’s Der Hebräische Pentateuch der Samaritaner is a critical edition of the Samaritan Pentateuch, making it an indispensable work for those investigating the differences between the Samaritan Pentateuch and the Masoretic Texts. Von Gall’s edition also contains a list and description of the various manuscripts used for the edition, unique spelling variations and special features of the manuscripts, methodological principles of the critical text, and introduction to the usage of the text, and supplements and improvements.
Please note: the foreward and prolegomena of this text are in German.
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August Freiherr von Gall (1872-1946) was a professor at the University of Giessen.