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The Text of the Old Testament: An Introduction to the Biblia Hebraica, 3rd ed.

, 2014
ISBN: 9780802866806


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Ernst Würthwein's introduction to the Biblia Hebraica has long served as a textbook for generations of students interested in the history of the Old Testament text and the problems of textual criticism. From its first appearance in 1952 to the fifth German edition in 1988, the book was faithfully updated by Würthwein himself in light of new research. But now a new edition of "Würthwein" is due.

While staying true to the original structure and character of Würthwein's classic work, Alexander Fischer has rewritten the text completely to bring it up to date with the new Quinta edition of Biblia Hebraica. Besides updating information throughout, this edition includes a new chapter on the texts from the Qumran. This third edition of The Text of the Old Testament will be an indispensable resource for serious students of the Biblia Hebraica and Old Testament exegesis.

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Key Features

  • Covers all the most important information about the textual criticism of the Hebrew bible
  • Includes discussion importance of the Septuagint and Dead Sea Scrolls
  • Newly updated from the most recent scholarship


  • The Hebrew Text of the Bible
    • Language, Script, and Writing Materials
    • The Masoretic Text
    • The Qumran Scrolls
    • The Samaritan Text
  • The Ancient Translation
    • The Septuagint
    • Other Translations
  • Textual Criticism
    • The Goal and Task of Textual Criticism
    • Textual Corruptions, Changes, and Variants
    • The Method of Textual Criticism

Praise for the Print Edition

This finely revised and nicely updated version of one of the classics in our field can truly be called a grand introduction to the history of the biblical text.

—Kristin De Troyer, University of St. Andrews

Readers familiar with Würthwein's earlier work will discover all of the strengths of his approach to Biblical Hebrew. Old and new readers will enjoy the thoroughly up-to-date discussion of the aims and methods of textual criticism as well as the unbiased analysis of ancient versions and their modern scholarly editions. Beautifully reproduced plates are easy to read, and the updated bibliography is satisfyingly full. . . . This successful project can be easily digested by newcomers and savored by specialists.

—Leonard Greenspoon, Creighton University

A very welcome, thorough revision of the long-honored standard introduction to the Masoretic text. Its integration of recent scholarship is first-rate, and the rewritten text retains the clear, accessible style that won its predecessors decades of popularity as a textbook. Yet another generation of students will find in this book a friendly, reliable guide through the complex terrain of ancient Hebrew texts and their relationships. Highly commended.

—Robert L. Hubbard, North Park Theological Seminary

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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.

Ernst Würthwein (1909-1996) was professor emeritus of Old Testament at Philipps-Universität Marburg in Germany.

Alexander Achilles Fischer is professor of Old Testament at Friedrich Schiller University Jena, Thuringia, Germany.

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  1. Irving Salzman
    This is far and away the best book on the subject.


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