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Re: 4Q Therapeia

In a message dated 96-09-24 14:00:51 EDT, Ita Sheres writes:

<< While Naveh's interpretation (and that's all that it is) is interesting,
 there are still others who see the text as a legitimate "therapeutic" one
 including for example Charlesworth who is a fairly conservative "reader" of
 the scrolls. Indeed, the question of "scribing exercises" is not very well
 known though one should assume (I suppose) that it existed.

Charlesworth has recanted his opinion on 4QTherapeia being a medical text;
cf. his "A Misunderstood Recently Published Dead Sea Scroll," _Explorations_
(American Institute for the Study of Religious Cooperation, Philadelphia), p.

Any text that consists of two lines of the alphabet, a series of proper
names, and a string of non-words is clearly a scribal exercise.  There are
lots of them known from the ANE. 

Ed Cook