[b-hebrew] 5 scrolls or 1

Peter Kirk 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.

-- 
Peter Kirk
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peterkirk at qaya.org (work)
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