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Is die Massoretiese teks die Ou Testament?

F. E. Deist
Verbum et Ecclesia | Skrif en Kerk: Vol 10, No 1 | a994 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.4102/ve.v10i1.994 | © 1989 F. E. Deist | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 18 July 1989 | Published: 18 July 1989

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Abstract

Is the Massoretic text the Old Testament?
The equation of “the Old Testament” with the Massoretic text resulted from, inter alia, the Reformation’s sola scriptura principle and the orthodox view of verbal inspiration, and led to a definition of textual criticism as text restoration. Text-critical research of the past two decades suggests, however, that this equation may be a short circuit. The term “Old Testament" refers to a theological concept, not a text, and “the Old Testament” is something different from “the Hebrew Bible”. Therefore, a great deal of rethinking is called for in Old Testament studies.

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