The material variance of the Dead Sea Scrolls : on texts and artefacts

Show simple item record Tigchelaar, Eibert 2016-07-11T08:05:15Z 2016-07-11T08:05:15Z 2016-06-10
dc.description.abstract What does a sacred text look like? Are religious books materially different from other books? Does materiality matter? This article deals with three different aspects of material variance attested amongst the Dead Sea Scrolls, Ancient Jewish religious text fragments, of which were found in the Judean Desert. I suggest that the substitution of the ancient Hebrew script by the everyday Aramaic script, also for Torah and other religious texts, was intentional and programmatic: it enabled the broader diffusion of scriptures in Hellenistic and Roman Judea. The preponderant use of parchment for religious texts rather than papyrus may be a marker of identity. The many small scrolls which contained only small parts of specific religious books (Genesis, Psalms) may have been produced as religious artefacts which express identity in the period when Judaism developed into a religion of the book. en_ZA
dc.description.department Old Testament Studies en_ZA
dc.description.librarian am2016 en_ZA
dc.description.uri en_ZA
dc.identifier.citation Tigchelaar E., 2016, ‘The material variance of the Dead Sea Scrolls: On texts and artefacts’, HTS Teologiese Studies/Theological Studies 72(4), a3281. http://dx.DOI. org/ 10.4102/hts.v72i4.3281. en_ZA
dc.identifier.issn 0259-9422 (print)
dc.identifier.issn 2072-8050 (print)
dc.identifier.other 10.4102/hts.v72i4.3281
dc.language.iso en en_ZA
dc.publisher AOSIS OpenJournals en_ZA
dc.rights © 2016. The Authors. Licensee: AOSIS. This work is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution License. en_ZA
dc.subject Judean Desert en_ZA
dc.subject Dead Sea Scrolls en_ZA
dc.subject Identity en_ZA
dc.subject Judaism en_ZA
dc.subject Ancient Jewish religious text fragments en_ZA
dc.title The material variance of the Dead Sea Scrolls : on texts and artefacts en_ZA
dc.type Article en_ZA

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