[b-hebrew] Question about script used by different sources in OT

Yigal Levin leviny1 at mail.biu.ac.il
Sun Mar 28 11:24:34 EST 2004

Dora, you're absolutely correct! With the exception of a few lines of
Numbers on the Ketef Hinnom Amulet, we don't have any manuscripts earlier
than the late 2nd century BCE (some of the Dead Sea scrolls), which are
already coppies of copies of copies etc., and so we have no way of knowing
which script was "originally" used for which part.

----- Original Message -----
From: "Dora Smith" <villandra at austin.rr.com>
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Sent: Sunday, March 28, 2004 5:32 PM
Subject: [b-hebrew] Question about script used by different sources in OT

> In Bible study last Wednesday, the leader said that the way we know who
> wrote which parts of the OT is by the different script used.  Ie, in some
> cases the script is round and in other cases it is square.
> This sounds pretty hoagy to me.  First, we don't have original documents;
> our earliest documents are late copies and I would be surprised if
> differences in the script were preserved.
> Second, how would there have even been a need to debate the existence of
> sources and who wrote what, and why do we still doubt who wrote what, if
> this were true?
> Are tehre differences in the style of the script?
> Yours,
> Dora Smith
> Austin, Texas
> villandra at austin.rr.com
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