Monday, December 31, 2007

Where's J's Signature

The San Diego Natural History Museum has had the eleven of the Dead Sea Scrolls on display for the last few months, including 4Q521 and the Songs of the Sabbath Sacrifice [4Q400]--two of the most important! They are leaving in a week, so I'm doing a couple of last minute trips over there with different groups. Today I took my wife's family.

My brother-in-law had the greatest one-liner in the parking lot afterward. We were talking about the different scrolls we saw and how ancient they were when he said with a grin:

"I just kept looking at the bottom of each of the scrolls to find a signature--to find the place where it was signed 'J' or 'E'".

Kim's father piped up--"I kept looking for 'Q'".

1 comment:

kentuckyliz said...

Ha ha ha...very funny!

I did a paper yesterday and two of the references I was using were the Collegeville Bible Commentary and the New Jerome Bible Commentary. The level of the commitment to the documentary hypothesis is frankly irritating. That same commitment is reflected in the footnotes of my NAB.

Has the Documentary Hypothesis been dogmatically defined and I missed it?