[b-hebrew] DSS Orthography

Ken Penner pennerkm at mcmaster.ca
Sat Mar 19 14:06:38 EST 2005


> I don't understand, Ken.  If 1QIsa'a is descendent from a 
> text identical to
> the proto-Masoretic, how can it be that the reverse - that the
> proto-Masoretic is identical to the source text of 1QIsa'a 
> not be true?
> What am I missing?

You changed Kutscher's "a text of the type of" to "the source text of".
There are changes between 1QIsa^a and its ancestor, changes that are not
present in the MT.
1QIsa^a is a bachelor (great-)uncle to the MT. They share a common ancestor,
but the MT is not descended from its uncle.

Ken Penner, M.C.S. (Biblical Languages, Greek Focus), M.A. (Hebrew Poetry)
Ph.D. (cand.), McMaster University
pennerkm at mcmaster.ca
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> Kutscher makes an impressive case that the MT represents an 
> older textual
> tradition than does 1QIsa^a. He postulates that "1 Isa^a (or its
> predecessors) is descended from a text identical (or at least 
> very similar)
> to that of the Masoretic Text, but by no means can we assume the
> converse--i.e., that the Masoretic Text is descended from a 
> text of the type
> of 1 Isa^a" (The Language and Linguistic Background of the 
> Isaiah Scroll, 3).

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