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RE: orion Cryptic A + Magarians
You'll need to be more specific about Ethiopic characters. There are
two "t's" in Ethiopic, as one might expect of a Semitic language. The
Tawe is an unremarkable cross (like a modern lower case "t") with
various appendages to indicate vowels, and a similarity between it and a
Cryptic script would not be very remarkable. The other "t" is tait,
which might remind one of a roman upper case "M" formed by joining the
two outer legs at the top and dropping the middle leg straight down from
the top. The result is somewhat beetle-shaped (viewed from the side).
One of my Ethiopic grammars indicates that the origin of the script is
south Arabia, and that there is similarity to Minao-Sabaic inscriptions.
I don't have ready access to the Cryptic scripts to make a comparison,
unless someone can give me a ready reference.
Saint Martin's College
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> Subject: orion Cryptic A + Magarians
> I'm writing with two unrelated ideas in my mind:
> (1)With regard to Cryptic script A (e.g. 4Q298, 4Q317), has anyone
> noted the similarities between cryptic/esoteric taw and the Ethiopic
> letter t?
> (2)With regard to the question of the identification of the Qumran
> sect and related topics, does anyone know of a discussion of Jaqub
> al-Qirqisani's 'History of Jewish Sects' which raises this issue?
> Qirqisani mentions a Second Temple sect known as 'Magarians,' on
> account of the fact that their texts were found in a cave this is a
> paraphrase, not a quotation).
> James Harding
> University of Sheffield