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Is there a break between Isaiah 39 and 40 in the Dead Sea Scrolls?

In a 2013 interview with Dr Peter Flint, who is an editor on the Isaiah scroll, he had the following to say about the issue: Many scholastic studies tell us that the book of Isaiah was divided into ...
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Why does the 1 Samuel 10:27 paragraph found in 4QSamª not appear in other texts?

The Masoretic Text of the Hebrew has 1 Sam 10:27 as per most Bibles. A few Bibles such as NLT have decided to add some text based on 4QSam(a) from the dead sea scrolls. The text of Biblia Hebraica ...
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The LXX and Masoretic differ in Is 30:15. Do the DSS help here?

According to the KJV, the Masoretic Text reads: For thus saith the Lord GOD, the Holy One of Israel; In returning and rest shall ye be saved; In quietness and in confidence shall be your ...
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How reliable are the Dead Sea Scrolls as a base to compare against the Masoretic text and the LXX?

The scribes at Qumran had there own scribal practices which were distinct from those practiced during the second Temple period, and in the subsequent period which saw the copying of the Temple scroll ...
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Why does the 1 Samuel 10:27 paragraph found in 4QSamª not appear in other texts?

As Dottard and User21676 have yet commented, the additional information about the Nahash's cruel behaviour toward Israel are included in 4QSam(a), and confirmed by the account of Josephus [Jewish ...
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Are the Isaiah Scrolls from Cave 4 substantially different from the Masoretic text?

1QIsa is generally in agreement with the Masoretic codices such as the Alleppo Codex. (1) Between 'The Great Isaiah Scroll' 1QIsa and Masoretic codices the number of textual variants is well over 2,...
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Why is Genesis 2:18 "Let us make.." in the LXX?

There are two fragments of Genesis 2:18 among the Dead Sea Scrolls according to this translation: 4Q2 Genesisb and 4Q8a Genesish2. Fortuitously, both scrolls contain "I will" from the ...
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Where, if anywhere is Psalms 22:16 in Qumran Dead Sea Scroll 4Q88/4QPs f?

4Q88 –  4Q Psf Frag 1 https://www.deadseascrolls.org.il/explore-the-archive/image/B-367900?locale=en_US 4Q88 –  4Q Psf Frag 2 https://www.deadseascrolls.org.il/explore-the-archive/image/B-367902 I ...
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Are the birds formed from the sea? (Gen 1:20)

The structure of Gen 1 is very tight. Each day follows the same formula: Each day follows the strict formula, “And God said, ‘Let…’ …And there was evening and morning – the nth day.” Thus, the first ...
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Why does the 1 Samuel 10:27 paragraph found in 4QSamª not appear in other texts?

If the DSS version were right, and assuming that 1 Samuel 12:12a referenced 1 Samuel 11:0-1(the only evident attack/threat by Nahash in Samuel), then the only interpretation of 1 Samuel 12:12 would be ...
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Amos 6:3 Sabbath or Seat?

The LXX translators didn't have the vowel points of the MT, that weren't added until centuries later. The difference is the vowel points. Also note that חָמָֽס is the common word for violence in ...
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Does DSS version of Psalm 119:65 reveal Masoretes abbreviated original text?

In comparing purely in the Masoretic text there are different spellings for you being ךָ vs כָה. For example look at Exodus 15:11 which uses the word כָמֹכָה instead of כָמֹךָ. They are both ...
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Was the servant in Isaiah 'marred' or 'anointed'?

The operative word here is מִשְׁחָת (mishchath) for which the BDB meaning is listed below. The word only occurs twice in the OT and moth times means "marred" or "disfigured", ie, ...
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Are the birds formed from the sea? (Gen 1:20)

The Day-Five creatures are those brought forth by the waters, but formed of the dust of the ground Genesis 1:20-23 reveals: And God said, Let the waters bring forth abundantly the moving creature ...
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What are the *theologically significant* differences between MT and DSS?

You can easily find scholarly analysis of the differences between MT and DSS, but the reasons for these differences, which you are asking about, would, and could only be conjecture. And this being ...
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Additional 1 Samuel in the dead sea scrolls

When the dead sea scrolls were discovered, one of the scrolls in cave 4 was found to contain fragments of 1 Samuel that had the extra paragraph about Nahash gouging out the eyes of the Israelites. ...
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Genesis 18:12 Origin of “Smooth Flesh” translation

A verse that comes near to speaking of smooth skin is this: And she put the skins of the kids of the goats upon his hands, and upon the smooth of his neck: (Genesis 27:16, KJV) In this verse, "...
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Genesis 18:12 Origin of “Smooth Flesh” translation

"Smooth skin" is not a mainstream translation in either Judaism or Christianity, but rather a midrashic gloss. The issue here is we have a hapax legomenom so this creates some wiggle room, ...
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Genesis 18:12 Origin of “Smooth Flesh” translation

The word we are discussing is עֶדְנָה. There is no difference in the Hebrew words. If you want an understanding of how it is translated as "pleasure" Dottard explained this translation. ...
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Genesis 18:12 Origin of “Smooth Flesh” translation

In Gen 18:12 the operative word is עֵדֶן (eden) which occurs 5 times in the OT: Gen 18:12, 2 Sam 1:24, Ps 36:8, Jer 51:34, Amos 1:5, all with the idea of delight or pleasure. The meaning is clear ...
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Why is Genesis 2:18 "Let us make.." in the LXX?

Since the question surrounds whether or not the advent of Jesus Christ is a condition of the plurality of the speaker in Gen 2:18, Jesus, when speaking after His resurrection to the two on the way to ...
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Was John the Baptist a member of the Essene community at Qumran?

It does not seem that John the Baptist could possibly have been a member of the community of Qumran (which we assume was occupied by the Essenes). The very reason the community withdrew to this remote ...
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