I recently received a reply from the curator of the Singapore exhibit, Dr Umberto Utro, who replied in part:Le confermo che i due frammenti esposti alla Mostra di Singapore sono pertinenti alle collezioni del Reparto per le Antichità Orientali dei Musei Vaticani, e sono abitualmente esposti nella Sala del Vicino Oriente del Museo Gregoriano
Egizio (invv. 57241-57242).
I frammenti provengono dalla collezione del Pontificio Istituto Biblico.
This reply means that a previous email I received from another person at the Vatican is incorrect (perhaps that person thought of scrolls as substantial scrolls, rather than as fragments, so to that extent that person was not incorrect).
The Hebrew fragment is the one previously in a private collection in Rome, published by Lacerenza in Revue de Qumran 2000, p.441-446, with additional article by Puech in the same issue of Revue de Qumran, and a brief mention by Tov in The Texts from the Judaean Desert, Indices ... (Oxford: Clarendon: 2002), p.165 and 214. There Tov notes that the fragment might be from 4Q22, 4QpaleoEx (m).
Regarding the Aramaic fragment, apart from it being not decipherable, I have no other information regarding it.
Monday, August 01, 2005
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