Monday, October 01, 2018

Hebrew paleography too?

THE OTTC BLOG: The Hazards of Paleographic Dating. This issue has been coming up a lot lately.

Brent Nongbri, in particular, has been drawing our attention to problems with paleographic dating of New Testament and early Christian manuscripts — that is, dating the manuscript on the basis of the development of the letter-shapes over time. (See here and here and follow the links.)

In this post, Drew Longacre points out some similar problems with the paleography of manuscripts of the Hebrew Bible. Caveat paleographer!

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