Friday, November 03, 2017

Nahash the Ammonite in the DSS

TEXTUAL VARIANT: The Most Important Dead Sea Text: A Lost Paragraph From the Book of Samuel (Mitchell First, Jewish Link of New Jersey).

I wouldn't necessarily consider this fragment the most important Dead Sea text, but it is an interesting one. Most scholars seem to regard it as more original that what we have in the Masoretic Text. I did once hear a paper arguing that it is secondary, but I don't know whether that was ever published.

Last year I noted another essay by Mr. First in which he mentioned this fragment, but this essay goes into more detail.

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