Re: Isa 13:16 in IQisa
>Several words above and below this word seem to be smudged, as well. I'm
> > The second problem is more cultural--I assume. In the MT of Isa 13:16 is
> > the rather rare root $gl meaning "to violate, ravish" (BDB 993b); that
> > is, "to rape." Because of its supposedly obscene meaning, the word is
> > glossed with the Qr $kb, "to lie with" (and as found in Targum
> > Jonathan). In IQisa, however, the word is smudged (?) out leaving only
> > t---nh (cf. Scrolls from Qumran Cave I, J.C. Trever, plate XI). Is there
> > evidence of a seemingly prudish tradition at Qumran? Or, am I reading
> > too much into a "coincidental" smudge?
looking at the same plate you referenced, and there is what appears to be
a water stain or some sort of spill in that general area, beginning 3 or
4 lines above the word in question and fanning out down to the bottom of
the page. It looks accidental to me.
> Kutscher does not mention this one in his list of erasures (p531f.).Isa 13:16 is preserved also in 1QIsa(b), but I don't have the photo
> This tradition of glossing $gl with $kb occurs in other places (e.g. Ruth
> 3:4, Jeremiah 3:2, Zechariah 14:2). Have you checked to see if any of
> these passages were found among the Qumran scrolls?
available. It appears in E. L. Sukenik, "Dead Sea Scrolls of theHebrew
University." I have not found Ruth 3:4 among the DSS; likewise for
Jeremiah 3:2 and Zech 14:2. But my listing is only current through DJD 9.
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