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The Twelve Minor Prophets and the Dead Sea Scrolls

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This chapter presents a brief characterisation of the evidence for the scriptural text of the Twelve Minor Prophets in the Dead Sea Scrolls, making one or two observations which have not been prominent in the presentations of those responsible for the principal editions of the manuscripts, but which may form the basis of future investigations. In addition to what may be evidence for manuscripts of the Twelve, there are explicit citations from the Twelve in several of the sectarian compositions found in the Qumran caves which can be used for text critical purposes. The Judaean desert manuscript evidence for the text of the Twelve offers distinctive opportunities for the text critic. The Greek version of the Twelve was probably translated by a single person, so the Septuagint (LXX) provides evidence for the collection of the Twelve at the time of its translation.

Keywords: Dead Sea Scrolls; Judaean desert manuscript; Qumran caves; scriptural text; Septuagint (LXX); Twelve Minor Prophets



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