Textual Criticism and Nationalist Sentiments

in Vetus Testamentum
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The phrase מבית עבדים was left out in the preamble of the Decalogue according to Papyrus Nash because of a sense of dignity of the local community, for which the Decalogue was its magna carta.

Textual Criticism and Nationalist Sentiments

in Vetus Testamentum



Stanley A. Cook“A Pre-Massoretic Biblical Papyrus,” Proceedings of the Society of Biblical Archaeology 25 (1903) 34-56 and Francis C. Burkitt “The Hebrew Papyrus of the Ten Commandments” The Jewish Quarterly Review 15 (1903) 392-408. Though the two articles are dated to 1903 Burkitt had apparently seen Cook’s article before submitting his own for publication.


Moshe H. Segal“The Nash papyrus,” Leshonenu 15 (1947) 27-36esp. 29.


An opinion also cited by R.H. Charles“The Decalogue being the Warburton Lectures in Lincoln’s Inn and Westminster Abbey 1919-1923 (T & T Clark: Edinburgh 1923) ” p. xxii. On p. xxviii Charles has a cross-reference to a footnote on p. xxii where depending on Pilcher he mentions “prudential reasons” as causing this omission in the papyrus. Here Charles though he does not say so is apparently dependent on the study by Cook mentioned above f.n. 1.


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