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Re: orion Red, green, blue inks
At 01:00 AM 4/28/98 -0400, you wrote:
> Discoveries in the Judean Desert: 12. Qumran Cave 4: VII Genesis to
> Plate XLIX
> Fragments 60, 67 and 71 appear to be in green/blue ink
These appear to be fragments that have suffered oxidization. There is NO
way to determine if the scribe used different ink colors. Thus, such a
hypothesis (as presented by Altman via Crowder), in indemonstrable.
> Other fragments are with red or black ink
17i, 17ii, 13, 21, 26, 65, appear to have red ink.
> To be honest, I haven't seen these in color, so I can't say.
I have- I'm looking at them right now. The so called "green/blue" ink is
simply black ink that has changed color over time. This is what it looks
like to me.
>Altman and a scholar
> at the University of Pennsylvania museum library
>certainly didn't think so. If the red is mercury sulfide, would it break
>down into these colors? Also, it seems the writers of the report in
>Archaeometry would have said something about it. That report baited Altman
>with the reference to different colored inks, green and blue, I believe,
>and sent him to DJD looking. But the Archaeometry report with blithely on,
>making no mention of oxidation or oxidized cinnabar.
> Perhaps the dreary Essenes
Oh that someone would show the supposed connection between the scrolls and
the Essenes. Tis true that some beliefs overlap between the scrolls and
Josephus/Pliny. But there were lots of sects in Judaism who had similar
beliefs. It is the dissimilarities that are important (though the Essene
only crowd will have none of it).
>were more colorful and creative than we give
>them credit for.
Please! Coloring scribes? It stretches credulity to the limit.
> And perhaps the colorbook religious texts got so out of
>hand that it led to the later rabbinical rules to keep biblical texts in
>black and white just about the time that everyone else was beginning to
>enjoy color. <g>
Aaaaaaghhhhhhh. Sadly, someone will see the above statement and believe it.
(n.b.- I wish Altman would subscribe to Orion himself instead of passing
along messages without subjecting them to scrutiny).
Jim West, ThD
Quartz Hill School of Theology