Dave Washburn dwashbur at
Tue Jul 30 10:54:14 EDT 2002

> Has anyone checked out this phenomenon amongst the 
> DSS Pentateuchal fragments? It might provide dating 
> indications either way. (Many of the apparently 
> casual uses of 'dny in tnk are not in the DSS, 
> indicating that they are later -- as per tradition 
> --, and there is irregular use of yod & waw in DSS.) 
Actually, most of the "irregular" use of yod and waw in the DSS 
arises from the fact that, in the scrolls, they were most often written 
identically.  This sometimes led to confusion between the two, but is 
not likely to tell us much about common usage in the independent 
Dave Washburn

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