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The Author Ralph W. Klein is Christ Seminary-Seminex Professor of Old Testament at the Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago. His books include Textual Criticism ofthe Old Testament (1974), Israel in Exile (1979), 1 Samuel (WBC, 1983), and Ezekiel: The Prophet and His Message (1988). He is editor of Currents in Theology and Mission and an associate editor of Catholic Biblical Quarterly. Endpapers In the photo in the front of the book, the fragmentary texts are from 4QSam•, dated to the first century B.C.E. The two fragments on the left are from 2 Sam 2:29-3:8; the fragments on the right are from 2 Samuel 2:5-16 and 2:25-27. First Chronicles 3:1-4 is based on 2 Samuel 3:2-5. The fragmentary texts in the back of book are also from 4QSam•. The fragments on the left are from 2 Samuel21:8-9, 12, 23:21-22, and 24:16-20; the fragments on the right are from 2 Samuel 22:24-26 and 2 Samuel 22:30-23:6. First Chronicles 21:15-21 is based on 2 Samuel24:16-20. Variant readings in such Qumran manuscripts and renewed study of the Septuagint have shown that the Chronicler often used a text of Samuel different from the standard Masoretic Text. vi ...


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