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Textual Criticism of the Hebrew Bible, 3rd ed.
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Textual Criticism of the Hebrew Bible, 3rd ed.


Fortress Press 2012

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Since its initial publication, Textual Criticism of the Hebrew Bible has established itself as the indispensable authoritative textbook and reference on the subject. In this thoroughly revised third edition, Emanuel Tov has incorporated the insights of the last ten years of scholarship, including new perspectives on the biblical texts among the Dead Sea Scrolls, all of which have now been published. Here are expanded discussions of the contribution of textual criticism to biblical exegesis and of the role of scribes in the transmission of the text. The introduction and references throughout the book have been thoroughly revised with the beginning student of textual criticism in mind.

In the Logos edition, this volume is enhanced by a world-class set of research and study tools. Important terms link to dictionaries, encyclopedias, and a wealth of other resources in your digital library. Perform powerful searches to find exactly what you’re looking for. Take the discussion with you using tablet and mobile apps. With Logos Bible Software, the most efficient and comprehensive research tools are in one place, so you get the most out of your study.

Key Features

  • New revised and expanded edition is up to date with the latest research
  • Accessible to the beginning student, but with a depth for the advanced scholar
  • Presents extended discussion of the role of scribes in the transmission of the text


  • Introduction
  • Textual Witnesses
  • History of the Biblical Text
  • Copying and Transmitting the Biblical Text
  • Theory and Praxis of Textual Criticism
  • Evaluation of Readings
  • Textual and Literary Criticism
  • Conjectural Emendation
  • Scholarly and Non-Scholarly Editions
  • Computer-Assisted Tools for Textual Criticism

Praise for the Print Edition

History will surely regard Emanuel Tov's monumental work as the definitive discussion of textual criticism of this generation. A ‘must-have’ for any serious scholar of the Bible!

—Kathryn Kueny, Fordham University

Emanuel Tov is preeminent in the world in the field of Septuagint studies. This is a solid and durable work which, given its technical character, is written in a readable way.

—Frank Moore Cross, Harvard University

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About Emanuel Tov

Emanuel Tov is J.L. Magnes Professor of Bible at the Hebrew University in Jerusalem and Editor-in-Chief of the Dead Sea Scrolls Publication Project. Among his many publications is The Greek and Hebrew Bible-Collected Essays on the Septuagint (1999).

Sample Pages from the Print Edition