Caves of Dispute

Patterns of Correspondence and Suspicion in the Post-2002 “Dead Sea Scrolls” Fragments

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Abstract

Over 30 fragments purportedly from the Dead Sea Scrolls belonging to two private collections were published for the first time in Summer 2016. Virtually all of these fragments in The Schøyen Collection and Museum of the Bible are non-provenanced apart from verbal guarantees made by their sellers. An unusual feature of these fragments is that almost all of them correspond to texts from the Hebrew Bible, but also to a few previously known compositions from antiquity. This paper examines the published fragments from both collections according to their observable physical properties, as well as palaeographical and scribal characteristics, and seeks to understand from these more about their potential origin—whether from antiquity or modern times.

Caves of Dispute

Patterns of Correspondence and Suspicion in the Post-2002 “Dead Sea Scrolls” Fragments

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    Infrared Images (IR) of Twelve Fragments from The Schøyen Collection and the Museum of the Bible.
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    Visible Light Colour Images (VLC) of Twelve Fragments from The Schøyen Collection and the Museum of the Bible
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    ms 5233/2 line 2.
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    motb.Scr.003170 line 2 (top left), motb.Scr.003175 line 3 (top right), motb. Scr.003183 line 2 (bottom).
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    ms 5480.
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    motb.Scr.003171.
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    The letter hê: from left-to-right, ms 5480 line 1, motb.Scr.003170 line 2, motb.Scr.003172 line 2 (2x), motb.Scr.003175 line 4.
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    The letter mêm, ms 4612/9.
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    The letter wāw, ms 5480.
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    Line 1: The letter he, motb.Scr.003172. Line 2: the letter mêm, motb.Scr.003175.
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    ms 5214/1.
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    motb.Scr.003171 line 4 (top), motb.Scr.003172 lines 6–7 (middle), motb.Scr.003173 (bottom).
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    4QDeutc (4Q30) frg. 5 (top), apu3 (bottom)79
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    motb.Scr.3175 line 3 (Neh 3:15) and Biblia Hebraica Kittel 1937 edn. (bhk).

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