The Phenomenon of Rewriting Scripture in Late Second Temple Judaism: Some Methodological Reflections on the So-Called “Rewritten Bible” Category

Marcin Majewski

Uniwersytet Papieski Jana Pawła II w Krakowie , Polska
https://orcid.org/0000-0002-4362-4812


Abstrakt

The term “Rewritten Bible” was introduced by Géza Vermes in 1961 to describe works from late Second Temple period that “retell” or “rewrite” Scriptures with characteristic changes. Since then, much has been written about this category of texts. Today some researchers are tired of discussing this concept, suggesting even a move away from the notion. Others, on the contrary, apply it to an increasing number of texts, including even works lying outside the specific context of late Second Temple Jewish literature. This article discusses the phenomenon of the “Rewritten Bible” (RewB) and takes up a polemic with certain approaches to the category, concerning terminology, scope, and character, as well as indication of the purposes of rewriting activity. The article shows that the category remains useful and important, within certain methodological clarifications.

Słowa kluczowe:

Rewritten Bible, Rewritten Scripture, Book of Jubilees, Antiquities of the Jews, Genesis Apocryphon, 4QReworked Pentateuch

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2021-12-17


Majewski, M. (2021). The Phenomenon of Rewriting Scripture in Late Second Temple Judaism: Some Methodological Reflections on the So-Called “Rewritten Bible” Category. Verbum Vitae, 39(4), 1311–1334. https://doi.org/10.31743/vv.12861

Marcin Majewski  marcin.majewski@upjp2.edu.pl
Uniwersytet Papieski Jana Pawła II w Krakowie

Marcin Majewski –  biblista, dr hab. teologii, wykładowca Pisma świętego, archeologii biblijnej i języka hebrajskiego na Uniwersytecie Papieskim Jana Pawła II oraz na Uniwersytecie Jagiellońskim. Aktywny członek 6 ogólnopolskich i międzynarodowych towarzystw naukowych. Prowadzi projekty badawcze finansowane przez NCN i NPRH. Jego książka „Pięcioksiąg odczytany na nowo” zdobyła w 2019 roku laur w konkursie na „Teologiczną Książkę Roku”, przyznawany przez Polską Akademię Nauk wybitnym publikacjom naukowym. Z zamiłowania badacz starożytności i przewodnik po Izraelu.

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