n Journal of Northwest Semitic Languages - Die perikope vom "Neuen Bund" (Jer 31:31-34) im Masoretischen und Alexandrinischen Jeremiabuch. Zu Adrian Schenkers these von der "Theologie der drei Bundesschlüsse"

Volume 35, Issue 1
  • ISSN : 0259-0131


The Book of Jeremiah has come down to us from antiquity in two differing versions, the Masoretic edition and a shorter one, represented mainly by the Septuagint. Today most scholars consider the latter text form as a witness to an older stage of growth of the book. Proceeding from this basis, which is shared by the present writer, Adrian Schenker recently advanced the theory that the older version of the Book of Jeremiah champions a peculiar ''theology of the three covenant-makings'', most clearly spelt out in the Septuagint Vorlage of the pericope of the ''new covenant'' Jer 31:31-34 (LXX 38:31-34), but expunged from the Masoretic edition for its boldness. The following article argues that if the Septuagint text is treated with the necessary regard to method, Schenker's conclusions must be met with skepticism.

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