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dc.contributor.advisorTooman, William A.
dc.contributor.authorLear, Sheree
dc.coverage.spatial225en_US
dc.date.accessioned2015-03-26T10:32:23Z
dc.date.available2015-03-26T10:32:23Z
dc.date.issued2014-06
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10023/6341
dc.description.abstractThe Hebrew Bible is the product of scribes. Whether copying, editing, conflating, adapting, or authoring, these ancient professionals were responsible for the various text designs, constructions and text-types that we have today. This thesis seeks to investigate the many practices employed by ancient scribes in literary production, or, more aptly, scribal composition. An investigation of scribal composition must incorporate inquiry into both synchronic and diachronic aspects of a text; a synchronic viewpoint can clarify diachronic features of the text and a diachronic viewpoint can clarify synchronic features of the text. To understand the text as the product of scribal composition requires recognition that the ancient scribe had a communicative goal when he engaged in the different forms of scribal composition (e.g. authoring, redacting, etc.). This communicative goal was reached through the scribal composer’s implementation of various literary techniques. By tracing the reception of a text, it is possible to demonstrate when a scribal composer successfully reached his communicative goal. Using Malachi as a test-case, three autonomous yet complementary chapters will illustrate how investigating the text as the product of scribal composition can yield new and important insights. Chapter 2: Mal 2.10-16 focuses on a particularly difficult portion of Malachi (2.10-16), noting patterns amongst the texts reused in the pericope. These patterns give information about the ancient scribe’s view of scripture and about his communicative goal. Chapter 3: Wordplay surveys Malachi for different types of the wordplay. The chapter demonstrates how a poetic feature such as wordplay, generally treated as a synchronic element, can also have diachronic implications. Chapter 4: Phinehas, he is Elijah investigates the reception of Malachi as a finished text. By tracing backwards a tradition found throughout later Jewish literature, it is evident that the literary techniques employed by the composer made his text successfully communicative.en_US
dc.language.isoenen_US
dc.publisherUniversity of St Andrews
dc.subjectScribal compositionen_US
dc.subjectScribeen_US
dc.subjectMalachien_US
dc.subjectMinor Prophetsen_US
dc.subjectReuseen_US
dc.subjectAllusionen_US
dc.subjectSynonymen_US
dc.subjectWord playen_US
dc.subjectReceptionen_US
dc.subjectCompositionen_US
dc.subjectWordplayen_US
dc.subjectIntertextualityen_US
dc.subjectPhinehasen_US
dc.subjectElijahen_US
dc.subjectPunen_US
dc.subject.lccBS1675.52L4
dc.subject.lcshBible. O.T. Malachi--Criticism, Textualen_US
dc.subject.lcshScribes, Jewishen_US
dc.subject.lcshIntertextuality in the Bibleen_US
dc.titleScribal composition : Malachi as a test-caseen_US
dc.typeThesisen_US
dc.type.qualificationlevelDoctoralen_US
dc.type.qualificationnamePhD Doctor of Philosophyen_US
dc.publisher.institutionThe University of St Andrewsen_US
dc.rights.embargodatePrint and electronic copy restricted until 7th May 2019en_US
dc.rights.embargoreasonThesis restricted in accordance with University regulationsen_US


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