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Figure 1: 4QZodiacal Physiognomy (4q186) Fragments 2, 4 – 7

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This section of the book Reading the Human Body: Physiognomics and Astrology in the Dead Sea Scrolls and Hellenistic-Early Roman Period Judaism presents a figure on 4QZodiacal Physiognomy (4Q186) Fragments 2, 4 – 7. The book deals with two manuscripts from the Dead Sea Scrolls whose contents are physiognomic and physiognomic-astrological. These manuscripts contain material that was unknown to have existed in this form in Hellenistic-Early Roman period Judaism before the discovery of the Dead Sea Scrolls near Qumran. The two manuscripts are fragmentary, the style of both texts is succinct, and some of the terminology is enigmatic. Despite these difficulties, the manuscripts contain enough to understand some of the arcane things these texts reveal to their intended reader. The two texts considered in the book are the Hebrew manuscript 4Q186 and the Aramaic manuscript 4Q56.

Keywords: 4QZodiacal Physiognomy (4Q186) fragments; Aramaic manuscript; Dead Sea Scrolls; Judaism; Qumran



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