By Hanne von Weissenberg

This e-book specializes in the 3rd part of some of the most very important records from the Qumran library, the epilogue of 4QMMT. It re-evaluates the textual foundation for this part, and analyses how the epilogue services as part of the bigger record. as well as addressing the constitution and style of 4QMMT, this quantity analyzes using Scripture within the epilogue with a view to remove darkness from the theological time table of the document's author/redactor. even if this book's basic concentration is at the epilogue, the result of this research make clear 4QMMT as an entire.

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Z. J. Kapera; Krakow: Enigma, 1996) 20. 26 The term is used in DJD XXI, 1. e. the twelfth month)] is a Sabbath. e. the twelfth month), after [the] Sab[bath, Sunday and Monday, a day] 2 [is to be ad]ded. And the year is complete, three hundred and si[xty-four] 3 days. Based on the reading of the first lines of 4Q394 frgs. 3a-4, it is clear that at least one of the copies of 4QMMT contained a calendrical section. However, whether or not a calendar was an original component of 4QMMT will have to be re-addressed when the structure of 4QMMT is analyzed.

Moreover, an investigation of the redactional activity, or the lack thereof, detectable when manuscripts are compared, will provide information on the nature of each section. Accordingly, in order to allow a comparison between the halakhic section and the epilogue, the detailed treatment of the variant readings also includes the halakhic section. The arrangement of the fragments of the epilogue is discussed, and the different solutions that have been proposed are evaluated in an attempt to establish the text form of the epilogue.

In the other fragments the average height is about 4 mm, varying between 3 and 5 mm. 37 Some letters are also drawn differently, for instance, in fragments 1-9, lamed is always written on the line, in fragments 11-17 on the imaginary top line; also, the hook of the lamed is ‘tighter’ in frgs. 19; in frgs. 1-9 the strokes of alef are straight, whereas in frgs. 11-17 the left leg of the alef is curving. Thus – in spite of the small size of fragments 4Q398 1-9 and the amount of extant writing on them leaving us with very little material for comparison – there are several indications, both material and in the penmanship, suggesting that fragments 4Q398 1-9 originate from a manuscript other than 4Q398 11-17.

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