[b-hebrew] Genesis 22 fragment: "my son"?

Dave Washburn dwashbur at nyx.net
Thu Mar 18 12:07:03 EST 2004

On Thursday 18 March 2004 04:59, Stephen Goranson wrote:
> Apparently, here is a photograph of a Genesis 22 fragment, said to be from
> Qumran, that is mentioned in a recent news article:
> http://www.deadseaexhibit.com/downloads/Press_Images/Genesis_Frag-hi.jpg
> This was mentioned in 13 Sept 2003 Star Telegram:
> http://www.dfw.com/mld/dfw/living/religion/6753955.htm
> According to the 18 March 2004 Akron Beacon Journal
> http://www.ohio.com/mld/beaconjournal/8215027.htm
> Hanan Eshel proposes that Abraham is told here not to take Isaac "your son"
> but Isaac "my son."
> That reading has been questioned, as has the proposed association of this
> fragment with 4Q252.

I would hope the reading has been questioned!  Looking at the line above it, 
there's a clear distinction between the yod there in )LHYM and the key letter 
at the end of the word BN.  The yod's size is quite distinctive, and I don't 
see how anybody could read the letter in the next line as anything but a vav, 
i.e. "his son."

Dave Washburn
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