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Plate I: Recent Photograph (B-45417) Of Iaa #109

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This section presents a plate on 4QZodiacal Physiognomy (4Q186). A number of texts from the Dead Sea Scrolls have in common that they give descriptions and characterizations of the human body. These descriptions do not display a mere interest in human anatomy or in the body per se. Rather, they impart knowledge of how to read strange matters from the human body; the interest is in what the body can reveal about people. The human body is a signifier, full of signs that, taken together, show the competent reader certain things (the signified) concerning individual types of people whose bodies are scrutinized and described. Qumran scholars distinguish between sectarian and non-sectarian writings amongst the Dead Sea Scrolls. It is argued that sectarian texts should be discernable by a distinctive terminology that is linked with a particular set of ideas.

Keywords: 4QZodiacal Physiognomy (4Q186); 4QZodiacal Physiognomy (4Q186); Dead Sea Scrolls; Qumran scholars

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