[b-hebrew] Psalm 22:17 from Naḥal Ḥever: several issues

K Randolph kwrandolph at gmail.com
Mon Aug 19 21:18:27 EDT 2013


Stewart:

There are much better pictures than that, I have a copy on my computer at
home. It’s in a .pdf file discussing the famous כארו word, but the image is
much, much better. When I get that better image, I’ll post it for the group.

Karl W. Randolph.


On Sun, Aug 18, 2013 at 9:56 PM, Stewart Felker <stewart.felker at gmail.com>wrote:

> Here is the highest quality image of the fragment I could find:
>
> http://i.imgur.com/wmds5kw.jpg
>
> Directly preceding the word I've circled in orange is the infamous כארי or
> כארו. The DJD edition actually opts for the latter here, due to the
> elongation of the final letter (although it's been pointed out that this
> isn't ironclad). Whatever the case may be for this letter though, less
> attention has been paid to the final letter of the circled word. In MT this
> is simply ידי - but here the editors tentatively restore ידיה.
>
> Regardless of however we might interpret that reading, upon closer
> inspection there are several difficulties with the final letter. There seem
> to be _two_ strokes comprising the left hand side of this letter - one
> curved somewhat inward, and one seemingly curved the opposite direction
> (which itself appears to have another slight stroke coming off the bottom
> of it, though this may just be a smudge). Further, there is a dot above and
> slightly to the left of this letter; and although it's obvious that there
> are several accidental ink artifacts in the fragment, this dot looks
> conspicuous to me.
>
> Finally, is the larger mark a full space after this dot simply one of
> these accidental artifacts? It somewhat resembles ג to me, although the
> next word should be ורגלי (but the next clearest word that can be discerned
> is עצמ]ותי], in the line below).
>
>
>
> Stewart Felker,
> University of Memphis
>
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