an exercise in textual criticism

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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