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War Scroll
(543 words)

[German Version]

What may have been the scroll’s original title may appear in 1QM, the complete manuscript: “For the Maskil: The Book/Rule of the War” (1QM 1). The manuscript dates from the Herodian period; its 19 columns (1Q33: 20) include the beginning of the text but not its end. The bottom edge is heavily damaged throughout; estimates of textual loss range between two and ten lines per column. Six manuscripts were found in Cave 4 (4Q491–496), four of which (4Q492, 494, 495, 496) represent the text type of 1QM, in addition to the War Scroll-Like Fragment (4Q497, 4Q471, and 4Q285).

4Q491 (Ma)…

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Lichtenberger, Hermann, “War Scroll”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 15 October 2019 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1877-5888_rpp_SIM_12337>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013



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