[Date Prev][Date Next][Thread Prev][Thread Next][Date Index][Thread Index]

Re: orion Scroll coverings; rectangular patterns Gammadia?

According to rlarsen:
> Dr. Petersen and Orionites,

That's Peterson

> I would be curious to know what these pattterns on the linen coverings 
of the
> scrolls looked like.
> Were they the familiar gammadia [squares ] similar to those found on 
the altar
> cloth depicted on a late [520 A.D.]  Ravenna Mosaic  of Melchisedec 
offering bread
> and wine at an altar [Genesis 14:18-20]?

As Be/lis's presentation was in French, with few visual aids, and not
enough time to draw in comparative evidence, I cannot answer your
question. In very vague terms, checkable by her forthcoming publications,

the markings were in blue, with right angles. I would emphasize that
according to Be/lis the coverings were made to fit the specific scroll on

which they were used. Thus, there is little resemblance to an altar cloth

in the specifics of manufacture and purposed.

> I also propose and alternate hypothesis for the tight weave of the 
linen covers.
> I suspect that  the reason for the tightness of the weave of the linen 
> may be that the weaver knew the scrolls were being secreted to come 
forth many
> centuries later.

How do we know this? By revelation? It is not possible to determine what
the weaver knew, beyond some educated guesses about his/her state of mind

or historical horizon. Conjecture about historical horizon does not
ordinarily take into account revelatory knowledge of the future.

> A tight weave would protect the scrolls from various hazards.

Yes. So regardless of state of mind, a weaver with that kind of product
would tend to have been chosen for projects involving the weaving of
scroll coverings.

> Randall Larsen
> University of Hawaii at Manoa
> [no decoding necessary]
> Sigrid Peterson wrote:
> > According to SAbramo884@aol.com:
> > >
> > > I reread a paperbound ed. of an old book on the DSS.  Principally 
the cave 1
> > > scrolls, but also the cave 4 ones.
> > > It was indicated that there was also found linen coverings for the 
> > > with patterns on them.
> > > There was blue thread runing in rectangular patterns.
> > > Anyone know what the significance of the patterns was?
> > > Any information about the persons who wove these covers available?  
Can we
> > > determine where the linen originate?
> >
Sigrid Peterson--post correct to reflect correct name of Mireille Be/lis.

> > The expert on the linen coverings is Mireille Be/lis. She herself is 
> > weaver, and has had access to the materials stored at Ecole Biblique 
> > Jerusalem. She reported on her work at the International Congress on 
> > Dead Sea Scrolls--Fifty Years After Their Discovery, held in 
Jerusalem in
> > July of 1997. It is not possible to know where the linen originated,
> > according to Be/lis; however, her own experience with weaving led her

> > to
> > suggest, informally, that the person who wove one particular covering 
> > extremely depressed and angry, because of the tightness of the weave.

> >
> > > Any information would be helpful.
> > > Thank you,
> > > Steve Abramowitz
> > > J. D. NYU School of Law.
> >
> > Sigrid Peterson   UPenn   petersig@ccat.sas.upenn.edu
> >