THE JOSHUA DEAD SEA SCROLL

MS 2713
MS Short Title THE JOSHUA DEAD SEA SCROLL
Text BIBLE: JOSHUA 1:7-12, 2-.2-3
Description MS in Hebrew on brown leather, Qumran, late 1st c. BC - early 1st AD, beginning of a scroll, 9,7x17,0 cm remaining, column 1: (5,7x8 cm), 9 lines, column 2: 3 lines, in a fine small Herodian Hebrew book script, + an uninscribed fragment 1,8x1,3 cm.
Context  The original scroll was appr. 5,25 m long, ca. 16,5 cm high, with ca. 55 columns, each ca. 11x8 cm with 16 lines and 1,5 cm between columns, lower edge 4 cm and upper edge ca. 1,5 cm.
Provenance 1. Community of the Essenes, Qumran (late 1st c. BC-68 AD); 2. Qumran Cave 4? (68-1952); 3. . Khalil Iskander Shahin ("Kando"), Bethlehem (1952-1956); 4. Private collection, Switzerland (1956-1995).
Commentary

There are only 2 other fragmentary Dead Sea Scrolls of Joshua, 4QJosha+b, in Jerusalem: Rockefeller Museum, with parts of the chapters 2, 3, 6-8, 10 and 17, making the present MS the earliest witness to this part of the Bible. With MS 2861 the oldest biblical MS in private ownership.

The text category is proto Masoretic.

Published James Charlesworth: XJoshva. In: DJD, vol. 38, Oxford 2000, pp. 231-239.
Exhibited NorFa - Nordic network in Qumran studies. Symposium in Oslo 3-5. June 2004.
Place of origin Qumran
Dates late 1c BC - early 1c AD

Location