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Tracking the Master Scribe: Revision through Introduction in Biblical and Mesopotamian Literature

Sara J. Milstein


In the ancient Near East, “master scribes”—those who had the authority to produce and revise literature—regularly modified their texts in the course of transmission. One of the most effective techniques for change was to add something to the front, or “revision through introduction.” This method allowed scribes to preserve their received material while simultaneously recasting it. As a result, numerous texts from the Hebrew Bible and from Mesopotamian literature manifest multiple and even competing viewpoints. Due to the primary position of these additions, such reworked texts are often read s ... More

Keywords: scribes, revision, introduction, revision through introduction, scribal method, Mesopotamian literature, Hebrew Bible, textual transmission, Book of Judges, scribal culture

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2016 Print ISBN-13: 9780190205393
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: December 2016 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780190205393.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Sara J. Milstein, author
Assistant Professor of Hebrew Bible and Ancient Near Eastern Studies, The University of British Columbia