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The Oxford Handbook of Biblical Studies Provides a comprehensive survey of Biblical scholarship in a variety of disciplines.

Modern Editions of the Hebrew Text

Diplomatic or Eclectic?

Most modern editions of the Hebrew Bible are ‘diplomatic’. This means that they are based on a single manuscript or printed source, whether that is the Aleppo Codex, the Leningrad Codex, or the 1525 edition of ben Hayyim. The decision to publish ‘diplomatic’ editions of single manuscripts calls for the reader to be active in interpreting the critical apparatus. The alternative to a diplomatic edition is an eclectic edition, where the text as printed draws on many manuscripts to give the oldest text in the view of the editors. This is the method of most New Testament editions. Eclectic editions are also the preferred option in classical Greek and Latin text editions. These have generated an expectation in the European and American tradition that a similar option will be taken in the Hebrew Biblical text. For the present that is not possible.

The diplomatic option in respect of the Hebrew Bible text recognizes that the search for an original text may be futile, but that we are editing fine examples of a stable tradition which may have had several alternative forms at an earlier stage, perhaps even to the earliest attested texts. In a sense the process of composition ended with the Masoretic Text.

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