Biblio. ref.: Nash Papyrus

Dave Washburn dwashbur at
Thu Apr 19 01:55:25 EDT 2001

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> From: "Dave Washburn" <dwashbur at>
> To: "Biblical Hebrew" <b-hebrew at>
> Sent: Wednesday, April 18, 2001 4:43 PM
> Subject: Re: Biblio. ref.: Nash Papyrus
> > >
> > I get the feeling there's a bit of circularity going on here, at least in
> > regard to Ian's question and what he wants to do with the info on
> > the Nash Pap.  He has said that he wants to use the information
> > on the Nash Papyrus to bring into question the paleographic dating
> > patterns (established by Cross?) used to date the Dead Sea
> > Scrolls.  But what I'm seeing in all these references are studies
> > that use *the DSS* to date the Nash Papyrus.  This makes me
> > wonder if there's a study of the papyrus that will help Ian with his
> > project, or if all current dating of it is based on Cross' DSS scheme?
> I see your point, Dave but until the DSS came along, the NP was the oldest
> Hebrew
> text.  The DSS gave us the palaeographic database for the late 2nd temple
> period.

I realize this.  At the same time, I think I see where Ian is heading 
with this.  Golb has already called into question Cross' schema 
wherein he breaks the paleography down into roughly 25-year 
segments and classifies the hands of the DSS into these various 
segments.  If the NP can be dated with any accuracy on other 
grounds than Cross' pattern using the DSS, and its script fits a 
pattern in Cross' methodology that is different from this dating, it 
could undermine or at least seriously question the accuracy of 
Cross' dating of the various scripts.  I have often wondered myself 
how Cross could be so confident in his datings, and I for one am 
interested in seeing where Ian's research leads on this topic.

> Jack
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Dave Washburn
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