azusa pacific university has acquired dead sea scroll fragments from biondi rare books of los angeles, california and legacy ministries international.
this announcement from the institute for judaism and christian origins shows one of the fragments that has been acquired by azusa pacific university. the research on the fragment is by james charlesworth of princeton theological seminary, and the hi-res infra red photographs are by bruce and ken zuckerman and marilyn lundberg melzian of the west semitic research project.
width: circa 38 millimeters, four lines of text, black ink on brown leather, holes, especially a tear from above line three through line four, no margins, no horizontal or vertical lining visible; no writing on back. Though the SP has more sense divisions than the so-called MT, there is no division indicated before the beginning of verse six (end of line four).
The fragment is too small to be cut for AMS C-14 analysis. While there are few consonants, one can judge the work to be mostly in a late Hasmonean Book Hand.
(4) “[And when you have cross]ed the Jo[r]dan, you shall set u[p these stones, about which I charge you] today, on Mount Gerizim, and coat [them with plaster. (5) And there, you shall build an altar to the LORD your God, an altar of st]ones. [You must] not wield upon them an iron (tool). (6) [Of unhewn] st[ones you must build the altar of the LORD] your [God], and you shall offer upon it burnt offerings to the LOR[D your God.]”
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