[b-hebrew] Primary and Secondary Old Testament Witnesses

Jack Kilmon jkilmon at historian.net
Thu Aug 26 07:47:27 EDT 2004

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From: "C. Stirling Bartholomew" <jacksonpollock at earthlink.net>
To: "b-hebrew" <b-hebrew at lists.ibiblio.org>
Sent: Thursday, August 26, 2004 1:20 AM
Subject: Re: [b-hebrew] Primary and Secondary Old Testament Witnesses

> On 8/25/04 10:19 PM, "Yigal Levin" <leviny1 at mail.biu.ac.il> wrote:
> > What the DDS and all of the others have taught scholars, is that during
> > the Second Temple period, there was no ONE BIBLE, and not even one
> > version of individual books.
> While were on the subject, was the complete copy of Isaiah found near
> Qumran, 1QIsa(a), a single scroll? If so, was that arrangement atypical of
> this period, to have a long book on one scroll?
> BTW, on the whole question of Primary and Secondary ... studies of the DSS
> Isaiah, LXX (Old Greek) and MT Isaiah certainly call into question any
> simplistic notions ...
> greetings,
> Clay Bartholomew

10 meters (nearly 35 feet) was about the outside limit for a scroll to be
handleable.  The Isaiah scroll is 7.5 meters (24.6 meters).  The longest
scroll was the Temple Scroll which is a surviving 8.148 out of an original
8.75 meters  (nearly 29 feet).


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