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The Copper Scroll (3Q15): A Reconsideration

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This chapter presents a overview of the major scholarly works associated with the Copper Scroll; it exhibits the difficulties arising from possible alternate readings and vocalizations of the original Hebrew text, as well as varying choice of interpretations; and most importantly, the chapter demonstrates the impact of Puech's new drawings with reference to the original drawings published in the early 1960s. Among the circa nine-hundred Dead Sea Documents discovered, the Copper Scroll - 3Q15 - is the most intriguing, baffling and mysterious one; it is unlike anything else found in the Dead Sea area. The Copper Scroll consists of three sheets, each having four columns, for a total of 12 columns; each column contains 13 to 17 lines, totaling 181 lines; each line has from 3 to 31-32 symbols, amounting to about 3,000 symbols. The text can be divided into 60 items, three of them can be further divided into sub-items.

Keywords: Copper Scroll-3Q15; Dead Sea documents; Hebrew text; Puech



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