Refining the Reconstruction of Col. 2 of the Temple Scroll (11QTa): The Turn to Digital Mapping and Historical Syntax

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Abstract

Digital technology significantly expands the resources available to scholars seeking to reconstruct ancient manuscripts and, in combination with conventional philology, contributes to a more accurate reconstruction of both the text and the line breaks of col. 2 of the Temple Scroll. The column's fragmentary condition led Yadin and Qimron to diverge in their reconstructions of the manuscript's line-breaks and its lacunae. The problem is most acute at 2:8-9, where the scroll's composer expanded the base text of Exod 34 with Deut 7:25-26. By employing techniques of digital mapping in conjunction with historical syntax, this article helps reconstruct the column's line-breaks, helps restore the lacunae, and offers a refined reconstruction of the column.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1-26
Number of pages26
JournalDead Sea Discoveries
Volume23
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1 2016

Keywords

  • Temple Scroll (11QT)
  • digital humanities
  • digital mapping
  • digital restoration
  • lacunae
  • syntax
  • textual reconstruction
  • theophany

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