Archive for April, 2012

***** Update:  This post is under review.  Please see the question raised by Sherrie in comments.  Thank you.

***** Update 2:  Sherrie has been to Israel and looked for this particular chiasmus!  She’s been kind enough to write about her experience  …  Thank you Sherrie!  I really appreciate it!

Recently in Israel (May-June 2013), we visited the Shrine of the Book with its display of the Dead Sea Scrolls. A careful search did not find the image shown above on this blog. Of course only a small portion of the scrolls is exhibited. The lower level of the museum is devoted to the Aleppo Codex or I should say codices since there are more than one. “The Aleppo Codex belongs to a large “family” of Masoretic manuscripts, which contain vocalization, cantillation marks, and Masoretic annotations.” On this lower level, I was thrilled to find a page written in the same way as the image above, although it’s not the same text. The label indicated it was the Small Codex, probably written in 1341 at Aleppo. I don’t know what passage of scripture is on the page. As to the image below, a close look shows this to be a bound book, not a scroll or leaves from a scroll. My best guess is that it is from another portion of one of the Aleppo codices, not the Dead Sea Scrolls. For more information, see the extremely informative webpages that describe the Aleppo Codex and have a wealth of information about the Dead Sea Scrolls, the Bible, and lots more. An overall description is here http://www.aleppocodex.org/links/6.html and a description of the Small Crown is found on this page http://www.aleppocodex.org/links/7.html after scrolling down a bit. 

Sherrie Kline Smith, Special Collections and Research Librarian

***** Update 3:  In light of Sherrie’s research I’ve changed the title to this blog entry.

From here

Personally, I find this particular design intriquing.  I’ll have to look into it a bit more.  I like it’s shape.  It’s not required of a chiasmus of course – either visually or conceptually, but it’s nice to see another possible element from ‘the literary toolbox’ of the ancient chiastic writer. 

Like it.  🙂


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