Date of Award


Document Type

Masters Thesis

Degree Name


Organizational Unit

College of Arts Humanities and Social Sciences

First Advisor

Alison Schofield, Ph.D.

Second Advisor

Adam Rovner

Third Advisor

Gregory Robbins


Biblical revision, Jewish tradition, Religious scholarship


Biblical revision has been a part of the Jewish tradition since the Bible began to be canonized in the Second Temple period. Many authors throughout the centuries have seen fit to revise the biblical text: creating a new literary genre that is in this paper termed "rewritten Bible." Maxine Grossman's literary critical method, as advocated in Reading for History in the Damascus Document: A Methodological Method, helps us to understand the different types of meaning that can be created from a text, including meaning that is created outside the intent of the author, as it is in the genre of rewritten Bible. The text of Jubilees and Shulamith Hareven's Thirst: The Desert Trilogy serve to demonstrate both the continuity of the act of revision in the Jewish tradition as well as how rewritten Bible has functioned in different societies in various time periods.

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Rights Holder

Jamie Christine Willeford


Received from ProQuest

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69 p.


Biblical studies