The Quasi-Priestly Additions in MT 1 Kings 6–8 in Light of “Rewritten Bible” Compositions from Qumran

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One of the main approaches to the textual history of MT 1 Kings / LXX 3 Kingdoms views the LXX (or its Hebrew Vorlage) as a late midrashic reworking of the MT version, or a rewritten text which can be compared to some of the “rewritten Bible” compositions from Qumran. In contrast to this view, by analyzing the prominent differences between the MT and LXX in 1 Kings 6–8, this paper aims to illustrate that the MT account of the building of Solomon’s Temple also appears to have been reworked in a fashion similar to that of some of the biblical scrolls from Qumran. In 1 Kings 8, brief expansions written in a Priestly style that correspond with sections in 4QSama were added; and in 1 Kings 6, a larger Priestly-like section, along the lines of the rewritten Joshua scrolls from Qumran (4Q379; 4Q522), was inserted. These quasi-Priestly revisions in 1 Kings 6–8 were intended to fuse the account of the building of the Temple with pentateuchal traditions, making the Solomonic Temple a direct continuation of the Priestly Tabernacle.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationThe Textual History of the Bible from the Dead Sea Scrolls to the Biblical Manuscripts of the Vienna Papyrus Collection
Subtitle of host publicationProceedings of the Fifteenth International Symposium of the Orion Center for the Study of the Dead Sea Scrolls and Associated Literature, Cosponsored by the University of Vienna Institute for Jewish Studies and the Schechter Institute of Jewish Studies
EditorsRuth A. Clements, Russell Fuller, Armin Lange, Paul D. Mandel
Place of PublicationLeiden, The Netherlands
Number of pages22
ISBN (Electronic)9789004511705
ISBN (Print)9789004504622
StatePublished - 2023

Publication series

NameStudies on the Texts of the Desert of Judah
ISSN (Print)0169-9962
ISSN (Electronic)2588-9982


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