[b-hebrew] Psalm 145:14(?) Missing Verse Found

Bryant J. Williams III bjwvmw at com-pair.net
Wed Oct 24 20:53:06 EDT 2007


Dear List,

Below is the full article from Canadian Press about the DSS Conference held in
Vancouver, BC, Canada on October 13, 2007. This is the 60th Anniversary of the
finding of the DSS.

Peter Flint in the article states the following:
"Some pieces of the puzzle that has confounded researchers are being cracked to
shed light into biblical texts that originated 2,000 years ago and confirm the
reliability of the Bible people read today, he said.

They include a missing verse in Psalm 145, in which each line begins with
successive letters of the Hebrew alphabet.

Flint, who holds the Canada Research Chair into Dead Sea Scrolls Studies, said
verse 14 of the psalm, culled from the Dead Sea Scrolls, reads: "God is faithful
and glorious in all His deeds."

"That's a verse that's been lost for 2,000 years. We now have it back, thanks to
the Dead Sea Scrolls," said Flint, who co-authored the "The Dead Sea Scrolls
Bible: The Oldest Known Bible Translated for the First Time into English." "


Go to Google News
Dead Sea Scrolls scholars meet for first time at international conference
Oct 13, 2007

VANCOUVER - They're awe-inspiring ancient manuscripts shrouded in mystery for
both historians and religious scholars wanting a glimpse inside an old Jewish
community's customs and the origins of the Hebrew Bible, or the Christian Old
Testament.

For the first time this week, Canadian scholars who study the Dead Sea Scrolls
have met at an international conference to mark the 60th anniversary since the
treasured manuscripts were discovered near Jerusalem.

Peter Flint, co-director of the Dead Sea Scrolls Institute at Trinity Western
University in Langley, B.C., said Friday that 12 Canadian experts research the
scrolls, which were found in a cave by a goat herder near the shores of the Dead
Sea in 1947.

By 1956, a total of about 900 scrolls were discovered in 11 caves, becoming one
of the world's most important archeological finds.

Carbon dating and handwriting revealed the scrolls - written on animals skins,
papyrus and copper - to be dated from about 250 B.C. to 68 A.D., just before the
Jewish Temple was destroyed by the Romans.

About a quarter of the scrolls, written in Hebrew, Aramaic and Greek, represent
copies of the Hebrew Bible, or the Christian Old Testament, while the rest
include rules for community living, calendars and hymns.

Flint said the Canadian experts, joined by Israeli and American scholars, have
presented new findings at the three-day conference that wrapped up Saturday.

Some pieces of the puzzle that has confounded researchers are being cracked to
shed light into biblical texts that originated 2,000 years ago and confirm the
reliability of the Bible people read today, he said.

They include a missing verse in Psalm 145, in which each line begins with
successive letters of the Hebrew alphabet.

Flint, who holds the Canada Research Chair into Dead Sea Scrolls Studies, said
verse 14 of the psalm, culled from the Dead Sea Scrolls, reads: "God is faithful
and glorious in all His deeds."

"That's a verse that's been lost for 2,000 years. We now have it back, thanks to
the Dead Sea Scrolls," said Flint, who co-authored the "The Dead Sea Scrolls
Bible: The Oldest Known Bible Translated for the First Time into English." Since
2003, when fragments of a few of the scrolls began being exhibited for the first
time in North America, starting in Grand Rapids, Mich., audience attendance has
shattered all records, he said.

"The scrolls are a phenomenon in our time and they create headlines wherever
they are shown," Flint said, adding more people have seen them than exhibits of
the Titanic or King Tut.

The scrolls, which have also been exhibited in Montreal and Ottawa, are
currently being shown in San Diego, where about 400,000 people are expected,
followed by an exhibit in Seoul starting in December.

Emanuel Tov, who attended the conference and is a top scrolls scholar from the
Hebrew University of Jerusalem, said exhibits of the manuscripts are such a hit
because people somehow feel connected to the ancient world.

"People are in awe," said Tov, head of the international team that publishes
writings of the Dead Sea Scrolls.

"There's an aura of mysticism around them because they were found in difficult
times, in times of war in '47, in areas of war, in caves, and they date to the
time of Jesus and before."

"They help us understand Jewish history from the third century before Christ
until the first and second centuries after Christ."

Most of the scrolls are preserved in Jerusalem but are so fragile that scholars
are allowed to only look at them, not handle them since about 15 years ago, Tov
said.

He said the scrolls are so significant because they allow scholars to know what
the original Hebrew Bible - except for the books of Esther and Nehemiah - looked
like, how three languages developed and how the Jews near the Dead Sea viewed
religious ideas.

NOW, my question, and this should be fun:)))). Judging from Psalm 145 it appears
that this verse should start with Nun. What would the Hebrew look like since I
do not have a copy of the DSS Psalms?

Rev. Bryant J. Williams III


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