Material and Digital Reconstruction of Fragmentary Dead Sea Scrolls: The Case of 4Q418a

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Scholars working with ancient scrolls seek ways to extract maximum information from the multitude of fragments. Various methods were applied to that end on the Dead Sea Scrolls as well as on other ancient texts. The present book augments these methods to a full-scale protocol, while adapting them to a new computerized environment. Fundamental methodological issues are illuminated as part of the discussion, and the potential margin of error is provided on an empirical basis, as practiced in the sciences. The method is then exemplified with regard to the scroll 4Q418a, a copy of a wisdom composition from Qumran. This book presents an innovative and comprehensive method for reconstructing fragmentary scrolls in a digital environment. The method enables extracting maximum information from the fragments. It is exemplified on the scroll 4Q418a, a fragmentary copy of Instruction.
Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationLeiden; Boston
Number of pages296
ISBN (Electronic)900447305X, 9789004473058
ISBN (Print)9004473041, 9789004473041
StatePublished - 2022

Publication series

NameStudies on the texts of the desert of Judah
Volumevolume 136
ISSN (Print)0169-9962

ULI Keywords

  • uli
  • Dead Sea scrolls -- Criticism, Textual
  • Dead Sea scrolls -- Musar lamevin -- Criticism, Textual
  • Image processing -- Digital techniques
  • Image reconstruction
  • Manuscripts -- Conservation and restoration -- Israel
  • Manuscripts, Hebrew -- West Bank -- Qumran Site
  • מגילות גנוזות -- ביקורת הנוסח
  • מגילות גנוזות -- מוסר למבין -- ביקורת הנוסח
  • כתבי יד -- שימור, שיקום ושחזור -- ישראל
  • مخطوطات -- المحادثة والرد -- إسرائيل
  • Dead Sea scrolls -- 4q158-4q186 -- Criticism, Textual
  • Dead Sea scrolls -- 4Q418 -- Criticism, Textual
  • Digital image processing
  • Image restoration
  • Reconstruction, Image
  • Restoration, Image
  • מגלות גנוזות -- ביקורת הנסח


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