attention all text critics! the following is a little exercise in text criticism that applies our technique to some modern literature pertaining to the dead sea scrolls.
here is your assignment: below are three letters. examine them carefully. answer the following questions.
- what can you tell me about authorship of the letters?
- how many different scribal hands were involved in the making of these three letters?
- what similarities do the three letters possess?
- are the letters the product of a single scribal school?
- what is the purpose of these letters?
leave your answers in the comments area below. enjoy!
(keep in mind: if you like this exercise, there are many more letters. these are just the ones i’ve made public ; -) -bc)
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