Invisible Manuscripts: Textual Scholarship and the Survival of 2 Baruch 978-3-16-160672-4 - Mohr Siebeck
Theology

Liv Ingeborg Lied

Invisible Manuscripts: Textual Scholarship and the Survival of 2 Baruch

[Unsichtbare Manuskripte: Textwissenschaft und das Überleben von 2. Baruch.]

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Inspired by New Philology, Liv Ingeborg Lied studies the Syriac manuscript transmission of 2 Baruch. She addresses the methodological, epistemological and ethical challenges of studying early Jewish writings in Christian transmission, re-tells the story of 2 Baruch and promotes manuscript- and provenance-aware textual scholarship.
In this critical exploration of the role of manuscripts in textual scholarship, Liv Ingeborg Lied studies the Syriac manuscript transmission of 2 Baruch. These manuscripts emerge as salient sources to the long life of 2 Baruch among Syriac speaking Christians, not merely witnesses to an early Jewish text. Inspired by the perspective of New Philology, Lied addresses manuscript materiality and paratextual features, the history of ownership, traces of active readers and liturgical use, and practices of excerption and re-identification. The author's main concerns are the methodological, epistemological and ethical challenges of exploring early Jewish writings that survive only in Christian transmission. Through engagement with the established academic narratives, she retells the story of 2 Baruch and makes a case for manuscript- and provenance-aware textual scholarship.
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Liv Ingeborg Lied Born 1974; 2007 Dr. art. in the Study of Religions from the University of Bergen; currently Professor of the Study of Religion at MF Norwegian School of Theology, Religion and Society in Oslo.

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