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Update! Job & Song of Songs

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Update! Job & Song of Songs

January 27th, 2013

Okay – these are the last batch of the “small” Tanakh book Dead Sea Scrolls transcriptions before tackling the much larger books.

Among the Dead Sea Scrolls, there are four manuscripts for the books of Job and Song of Songs – with Song of Songs (a.k.a Canticles) being quite well preserved, but only several words of several verses from 10 of the 42 chapters of Job being preserved for over 2000 years.

The most interesting manuscript is the one named 4Q101 paleoJobc, which, as its name suggests, is written in Paleo Hebrew, not the Phoenician “square” Hebrew script.

As usual, find all Dead Sea Scrolls transcriptions on the TWTY Downloads page πŸ™‚

Job
2Q15 Job (2QJob) | 4Q99 Joba (4QJoba) | 4Q100 Jobb (4QJobb) | 4Q101 paleoJobc (4QpaleoJobc)

Song of Songs (Canticles)
4Q106 Canticlesa (4Q Canticlesa) | 4Q107 Canticlesb (4Q Canticlesb) | 4Q108 Canticlesc (4Q Canticlesc) | 6Q6 Canticles (6Q Canticles)

Edit: For the above, please refer to the Downloads Page.

Dead Sea Scrolls Update – 1 Samuel

September 29th, 2012

Some more Dead Sea Scrolls transcriptions for everyone today. I’ve completed the four manuscripts of the book of 1 Samuel found among the Dead Sea Scrolls: 1Q7 Samuel (1QSam), 4Q51 Samuela (4QSama), 4Q52 Samuelb (4QSamb) & 4Q53 Samuelc (4QSamc).

Thanks to these four manuscripts, at least some of the text from 30 of the 31 chapters of 1 Samuel have been preserved (missing text from chapter 13), showing us what the text of this historical book looked like over 2000 years ago.

One of the most striking things about these manuscripts are their correlations with the text of the Greek Septuagint (translated around 250-200 BCE) compared to that of the Masoretic text (produced 1000+ CE). Striking enough were these similarities/correlations of the text, that the scholars who produced The Dead Sea Scrolls Bible were led to declare the following:

These manuscripts have also helped to realign scholars’ assessments of the value of the ancient Septuagint translation. Traditionally, when the Septuagint differed from the Masoretic Text (which had been considered the Hebrew original), the Septuagint was routinely thought to be a “free” translation (or even a paraphrase, or just plain wrong). The Hebrew manuscripts of Samuel found at Qumran, however, very often agree with the Septuagint when it differs from the Masoretic Text. This demonstrates that the Septuagint was translated from a Hebrew text form similar to that of the Qumran manuscripts. The problem in assessing the Septuagint, as with so many historical documents, had been with scholars’ vision and criteria, not with the data… the important lesson here is that the Septuagint is not a free or false rendering, but rather a generally [trustworthy] translation of its Hebrew source.

Summary: the Greek Septuagint translation of the Hebrew Tanakh actually demonstrates an older Hebrew version than the Masoretic. The problem wasn’t the Septuagint – but the Masoretic, which isn’t as close to the original Hebrew that people thought.

1Q7 Samuel (1QSam)
4Q51 Samuela (4QSama)
4Q52 Samuelb (4QSamb)
4Q53 Samuelc (4QSamc)

Edit: For all the above, please refer to the Downloads Page

Downtime & Update

July 4th, 2012

First of all, my apologies for the downtime. Unfortunately, TWTY website was compromised by some malicious software, which effectively caused me to have to change webservers, and to also rebuild the website.

Thankfully, I had backups of practically everything, so now the site should be restored in full.

My apologies also to those who’ve had difficulty with the links in the Downloads page. They should now be back to full working order πŸ™‚

I used this opportunity to change the address that the Forums were on (forum.thewaytoyahuweh.com is now http://forums.thewaytoyahuweh.com), and to also revamp the forums with a new look πŸ™‚

Coincidentally, the downtime coincided with a new update that I was going to post up on TWTY, which I am now doing: Questioning Paul Review Part 2: The Eyewitness Accounts/The Messiah’s Words.

There will also be open discussion on this in the forum in the following thread: Forum Discussion.

Downloads Page

TWTY Update – Dead Sea Scrolls

June 5th, 2012

It’s been quite a while since I’ve posted an update to TWTY. There are a few reasons for this:

1) I moved into my own house *yay* – means I’ve had to spend time moving, sorting stuff out, and basically, spending a whole load of money I don’t particularly have on furniture, as well as household bills

2) I started a new, full-time job*yay* – this means I’ve been busy with work, not only at our office, but also at home too.

Both 1) & 2) lead to *nay* – meaning I’ve not had as much time I have had over the last couple of years to do stuff when I want to do them.

Never fear though – I’m not one to take a long break, and I’ve been continuing most of my projects here on TWTY. This first update this month is some more Dead Sea Scrolls transcriptions (woo), comprising the books of 1 & 2 Kings, 2 Chronicles (no manuscript of 1 Chronicles was found among the DSS), and proverbs. They are the following:

6Q4papKings – Containing the Books of 1 & 2 Kings (fragmentary condition)
4Q188 Chronicles – Containing the Book of 2 Chronicles (1 Chronicles not being extant on any manuscript found among the Dead Sea Scrolls)
4Q102Prova – Containing Chapters from the Book of Proverbs (fragmentary condition)
4Q103Provb – Containing Chapters from the Book of Proverbs (fragmentary condition)

As usual, these are all available from the Downloads Page, which also has a link to it to the right πŸ™‚

The Way to Yahuweh goes Social!

March 3rd, 2012

Jumping onto the absolutely massive bandwagon that is social networks, I have now set up both a Facebook page, and a Google+ page. Please feel like following and/or friending me on facebook or Google+ πŸ™‚

TWTY Facebook Page | TWTY Google+ Page

New section on TWTY: Apocrypha

February 15th, 2012

Well, I’m either insane, bored, or just eager to fill up all of my time with numerous other projects, but there’s another new section just started on TWTY today: The Apocrypha Section (which also includes Pseudepigraphical and Deuterocanonical books under an all-inclusive title). The page more or less explains what I’m doing, but a quick overview will suffice (ie, quoting from the page I just linked to =P)

Branching out from the usual β€˜Scriptural’ books that people read, there are actually several other books, written by Jews or early followers of the Messiah & Gnostics, that didn’t make it into the Biblical Canon, yet are still quite interesting to read. Unfortunately, whilst there are already translations available for such works, they’re either very old and sound almost KJV-ish (example:Β http://tinyurl.com/6wnz9x4), or not easily readable or downloadable (example: http://tinyurl.com/7qk7byk). I have sought to rectify this, bringing a new, up to date translation of the underlying Greek and/or Hebrew texts, plus allowing them to be easily downloaded, read, and studied to see just exactly how they may differ from the Canonised books, and determine exactly why they didn’t receive Canoninity.

There will be three versions of each one: First) The sole English translation; Second) The underlying Greek and/or Hebrew text used only; and Third) Parallel English and underlying Language, in verse order.

These can either be accessible from the link above, or from the usual Downloads Page πŸ™‚

Dead Sea Scrolls Transcriptions: Wadi Sdeir Genesis

February 4th, 2012

Just a quick update today. I was asked to do this for a friend, so I took the time today to get it done. It’s not all that large, mainly due to the fact that the manuscripts found are essentially 4 fragments of a much larger scroll that unfortunately has been lost over time.

But who knows. Maybe some more pieces from this manuscript shall be identified from the several hundred from the Dead Sea Scrolls that they’ve yet to identify πŸ™‚

There is a direct link to the transcription below, and it is also easily accessible from the Downloads Page, which is also linked to in the sidebar to the right-hand side of this page πŸ™‚

Wadi Sdeir (Sdeir 1) – Genesis Text

Edit: For the above, please refer to the Downloads Page.

Revelation: Greek-English Interlinear

November 27th, 2011

New update for TWTY today: A Greek-English Interlinear of the Greek Basis of the translation of the Book of Revelation in PDF form, all 96 pages of it πŸ™‚

Please remember that a Greek-English Interlinear is NOT a translation, so it should not be used as such. Interlinears should only be used for looking up what a word means by itself, not necessarily how it is used in the context of the sentence that it is in πŸ™‚

The Way to Yahuweh PDF downloads page: Greek-English Interlinears

Section Complete: Greek Basis

October 29th, 2011

Something else I can cross off my to-do list.

I’ve finally completed the Greek Basis pages/pdf files for MattithYah (Matthew), Lucus (Luke) and Acts, therefore completing them all! This therefore means I have all the underlying Greek words for people to look at so they can check the translation seen here on TWTY. Consequently, I now also have the ability to make Greek-English Interlinear’s for all of the books as well πŸ™‚

As usual, any and all PDF’s on TWTY can be downloads from the Downloads page, and quicklinks to the online webpages are on the sidebar to the right πŸ™‚

MattithYah/Matthew Greek Basis
Lucus/Luke Greek Basis
Acts Greek Basis

Dead Sea Scrolls – Complete Hosea Text

September 28th, 2011

A little treat before the Feast of Trumpets (Also known as Taruw’ah): Complete transcriptions of all the manuscripts found among the Dead Sea Scrolls containing text from the book of Hosea.

This also means that all the manuscripts containing text from the Twelve Minor Prophets have been completely transcribed and uploaded onto the website, and so I’ve compiled them all into their respective manuscripts and names πŸ™‚

Furthermore, due to the large collection of free PDF’s for download on the website, I’ve also created a new page that just contains links to all the available downloads on TWTY. Check it out here. It’s also available via the link on the sidebar to the right.

This will the last update with Dead Sea Scroll transcriptions for a while. Got a few other things on my to-do list that need doing πŸ™‚

4Q78c (4QXIIc) Hosea Text | 4Q79d (4QXIId) Hosea Text | 4Q82g (4QXIIg) Hosea Text

Complete Manuscript Transcripts
4Q76a (4QXIIa) Minor Prophets – Full Text | 4Q77b (4QXIIb) Minor Prophets – Full Text | 4Q78c (4QXIIc) Minor Prophets – Full Text | 4Q79d (4QXIId) Minor Prophets – Full Text | 4Q80e (4QXIIe) Minor Prophets – Full Text | 4Q81f (4QXIIf) Minor Prophets – Full Text | 4Q82g (4QXIIg) Minor Prophets – Full Text | Wadi Murabba’at (MurXII) Minor Prophets – Full Text | Nahal Hever Greek Minor Prophets (8HevXIIgr) Scroll – Full Text

Edit: For the above, please refer to the Downloads Page.