Thursday, February 27, 2020

On the ink of the DSS

MATERIAL CULTURE: Could studying ancient ink help shed new light on the Dead Sea Scrolls? The study of manuscripts offers scholars a treasure trove of information hidden in plain sight, complementing those presented by the texts themselves (Rossella Tercatin, Jerusalem Post).
Could studying the ink used to pen the Dead Sea Scrolls help scholars shed light on the many mysteries still surrounding them?

According to Ira Rabin, senior scientist at the Federal Institute of Material Research and Testing (BAM) in Berlin and the Center for the Studies of Manuscript Cultures (CSMC) in Hamburg the answer is a resounding yes.

Some past PaleoJudaica posts on Dr. Rabin's work on ancient ink, especially of the Dead Sea Scrolls, are here, here, here, here and here. As usual, follow the links too. And this post, and links, is also relevant

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