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Scribal Practices In The Aramaic Literary Texts From Qumran

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The Aramaic literary texts form a minority, but a sizeable one, within the whole Qumran collection: about 120 manuscripts, of which some eighty have enough text preserved to allow them to be treated in a meaningful way. The basic questions about 1) the specificity of these texts within the collection, 2) their possible origin at Qumran, and 3) their function within the collection as a whole, are still unresolved. Perhaps a look at the scribal practices reflected in the manuscripts of the Aramaic compositions could help us somehow to answer these questions. Emanuel Tov has not dealt specifically with the texts written in Aramaic, but put them in the same category as the Hebrew texts. These Aramaic compositions were part and parcel of the religious literature of the time. Their presence in the collection from Qumran shows us that this religious literature deeply influenced the thinking of the group.

Keywords: Aramaic literary texts; Emanuel Tov; Hebrew texts; Qumran; religious literature; scribal practices

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