[b-hebrew] 5 scrolls or 1
peterkirk at qaya.org
Mon Aug 22 08:41:31 EDT 2005
On 22/08/2005 13:29, Ken Penner wrote:
>Second, by far most of the Dead Sea Scrolls containing parts of the Torah
>attest only *one* of the five books per scroll. There are a few exceptions,
>where parts of two books come from the same scroll.
But how significant is this when most of the surviving parts are small
fragments? It is highly likely that such small fragments would come from
only one part of a long scroll. And even if fragments from different
parts of the same scroll do survive, would scholars necessarily know
that they came from one scroll? A long scroll would come from many
different skins, and would not necessarily be written by a single
scribe. This is a good argument only if there are more or less complete
scrolls of individual books which clearly start at the start of a book
and/or end at the end of a book.
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