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Outlining the war scroll

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There is a very close connection between sense division and the outline of a text. While the ancient method of unit delimitation is not an outline, nor as systematic, the two are similar in that both can reflect differences between large and small shifts in content. Furthermore, as in an outline, a unit preceded by a large sense division and followed by a small sense division should be understood as being more related to the unit that follows it than to the unit that precedes it. This is precisely where sense division is crucial. While for the purpose of determining if the author/editor of M used one or two levels of sense division it was best not to reconstruct any of the non-extant portions of the text, nor to stipulate where extra unit divisions may have been located, this is now an integral part of outlining the scroll.

Keywords: ancient texts; Cave 4; sense division; unit delimitation; War Scroll

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