The Great Qumran Isaiah Scroll
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Although this is the third and last page in a shorter section of the scroll it is in good condition with no blemishes on the page with one possible exception. Perhaps some slight repair is seen at the top and bottom of the seam and there is unravelling of the sutures that sewed it together in the center,–the holes of the needle actually being seen where the sutures are missing. There appears to be a blemish between the first and second words of line 3, but this may be an editors mistake and a yod maybe blurred in the 2nd word 3rd letter. It is also possible that this is a water mark. The rest of the letters and words on this page are clear and legible. There is a scribal or editor’s mark that may set off a section that begins with verse 9 on line 10 and ends with verse 15 on line 19.
An unusual mark seen by some as “Chinese.”
The usual single horizontal stroke to mark the beginning of a section followed by the closing mark as seen after line 19 is different in this place between lines 9 and 10.
But rather than “Chinese” there is a simpler and probably more accurate explanation.
Between lines 9 and 10 there are two parallel horizontal marks, the top most of which crosses out the letter “pe.” Masoretic editors of the scriptures marked divisions in the text with a pe (open) or a samech (closed).
The M text has a samech here.
Did a Q editor consider this to be “petach” or open? and then cross out that editorial addition? and then make another horizontal stroke so that the cross-out would not be confused for a mistake only rather than a horizontal division of text mark?
The first letter of the corresponding line is also “pe” and it is possible that the scribe missed the marginal line and wrote pe and crossed it out then rewrote the letter in the proper place.
This seems likely even though the crossed out pe is larger than in the first word of line 9.
Some critics have suggested that this mark resembles a Chinese character but we think it is more likely explained as we have here as a crossing out of the pe and another mark to show the section division.
A digitally enlarged view fig 01
PARAGRAPHS AND SPATIUMS:
There are four paragraphs and two spatiums on this page.
Paragraphs begin on:
• Line 5 = (Chapter 28 vs.5)
• Line 10 = (Chapter 28 vs.9)
• Line 17 = (Chapter 28 vs.14)
• Line 31 = (Chapter 28 vs.23)
Spatiums are on:
• Line 7 = (Chapter 28 vs.7)
• Line 26 = (Chapter 28 vs.21)
VARIATIONS FROM THE MASORETIC TEXT IN Q:
Next “Q” scroll page Ch 28:24 to 29:21
Original Source: 28:02 to 28:24Original Source: http://www.ao.net/~fmoeller/qum-22.htm