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The Architectural Vocabulary Of The Copper Scroll And The Temple Scroll

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This chapter seeks to investigate a variety of lexical items and terms that occur in both the Copper Scroll and the Temple Scroll, in the hope that both texts will thereby be illuminated. It will be limited to the discussion of architectural terminology since both of these texts, in very different ways, relate to architecture. The author list alphabetically, with their definitions, those architectural terms that are found in the Temple Scroll, but that do not appear in the Copper Scroll. The Temple Scroll is an older document and reflects an earlier stage in the development of the postbiblical Hebrew vocabulary. The Copper Scroll was composed at a later date, by which time this vocabulary had already replaced numerous terms. The architectural vocabulary certainly shows that the progress toward Mishnaic Hebrew was already well advanced in the Maccabean and Herodian periods.

Keywords: biblical Hebrew; Copper Scroll; Herodian periods; Mishnaic Hebrew; Temple Scroll



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