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Samaritan Scribes and Manuscripts


Mohr Siebeck 2001

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Alan D. Crown provides a guide to the techniques used by the Samaritan scribes in copying manuscripts. He describes Samaritan works by their literary history and shows the more important manuscripts of each type of literature. In addition, he lists the Samaritan scribes and the manuscripts for which they were responsible. The work shows that the Samaritan scribes were innovative but their scribal techniques derived from an ancient pool of scribal habits and ideas, and they had what can best be described as a masoretic tradition of their own. Samaritan Scribes and Manuscripts is a codicology of Samaritan manuscripts and an analysis of their transmission.

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Key Features

  • Provides a guide to the techniques used by the Samaritan scribes
  • Discusses important manuscripts from each type of literature
  • Lists the Samaritan scribes and the manuscripts for which they were responsible


  • Samaritan Literature and its Manuscripts
  • The Codicology of Samaritan Manuscripts
  • The Morphology of Paper in Samaritan Manuscripts: A Diachronic Profile
  • Manuscript Prices and Values
  • Samaritan Majuscule Palaeography: Eleventh to Twentieth Century
  • Samaritan Minuscule Palaeography
  • Problems in Epigraphy and Palaeography
  • Manuscripts, Cast Type and Samaritan Palaeography
  • Samaritan Bindings: A Chronological Survey
  • An Index of Samaritan Scribes
  • The Rate of Writing and the Manuscript Production of Samaritan Scribes
  • Columnar Writing and the Samaritan Masorah

Praise for the Print Edition

Alan D. Crown’s lifelong study of Samaritan issues has fostered yet another important publication in samaritanology.

—Ingrid Hjelm, University of Copenhagen

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About Alan D. Crown

Alan D. Crown (1932–2010) was emeritus professor of Semitic studies at the University of Sydney, where he earned his PhD. Renowned scholar for Samaritan studies, his primary work was on the Samaritan Pentateuch, and is also known for dismissing the Essene connection to the Qumran site. He received the Order of Australia for his services to higher education.

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