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Re: orion 4Q534-536 and Noah??

At 07:51 AM 7/2/97 +0000, you wrote:
> Does anybody have an 
>idea how they concluded that this is a text about Noah?  I confess I 
>have done virtually nothing with the nonbiblical scrolls beyond 
>combing them for biblical quotations (for text-critical purposes), 
>but this one really has me baffled.

4Q534 is sometimes called 4QMess.aram, or 4QNoah or 4QElect of God.  I
suppose because it describes the birth of a righteous man (Noah according to
apocryphal tales??).
4Q435 is Aramaic N.
4Q536 is Aramaic C.

All of these texts are rather brief and quite fragmentary.  Dogmatic
statements are therefore not feasible.


>Dave Washburn

Jim West, ThD
Adjunct Professor of Bible, Quartz Hill School of Theology
Managing Editor, The Journal of Biblical Studies