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Re: Arabic at Qumran?

On 10 April Jim West wrote:

> In a message dated 96-04-10 10:44:48 EDT, you write:
> >Arabic as we know it today did not exist, orthographicaly, at the time 
> >the DSS were composed. Although S. Arabic (as opposed to North, or what 
> >came to be Qur'anic Arabic) did have a script, it was not part of the DSS 
> >tradition (sic.). The development of N. Arabic script occured in the 
> >seventh century.
> Sir,
> Then why is a document in Arabic script deposited among the Wadi Murabbaat
> documents from the time contemporaneous with Qumran?
> Cf. PAM 42.089
> PAM 42.090

The Wadi Murabba'at finds come from a range of periods, even within a 
single cave (documents were recovered from three).  Cave 2, which 
held the Arabic documents (dated to the 9th-10th centuries C.E. by 
the editors), held Greek documents from the same period, as well as a 
number of interesting documents from the period of the Second Revolt. 
 Hardly "contemporaneous with Qumran".  Clearly, the caves were used 
by various groups over a long period of time.

All the best,
Richard Weis
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