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LEVITICUS FRAGMENT   1th century B.C.
It    was    world    news    indeed    when,    by    accident,    the    Death    Sea    Scrolls    were    discovered    in    1947!    Local    Bedouins    and archaeologists   started   with   fierce   digging,   searching   for   old   manuscripts.   An   old   man   remembered   an   incident   from   his youth.   He   was   chasing   a   partridge   and   accidentally   found   a   cave   with   potsherds   and   an   old   oil   lamp.   Proof   that   people   had lived   in   this   cave.   The   man   had   good   memory.   He   still   remembered   the   exact   rock   cracks   where   he   had   entered   the   cave. They   started   digging   in   the   ground   and   1   meter   deep   they   found   pieces   of.   In   total,   they   found   40.000   pieces,   which   came from   about   400   handwritings.   About   400   were   Bible   manuscripts.   All   the   books   of   the   Old   Testament   were   represented, with the exception of Esther. Ancient   manuscripts   are   still   of   great   importance   because   they   reveal   much   about   our   human   history.   Many   fragments   ware made   of   papyrus.   Papyrus   was   used   from   2000   B.C.   as   material   to   write   on.   It   is   made   from   the   stem   of   a   water   plant   called papyrus, which grows along the waterside of the river Nile in Egypt. The word "paper" comes from the word "papyrus". A   few   papyrus   fragments   of   the   Greek   Septuagint   that   were   found   were   written   in   the   1st   century   B.C.   One   fragment,   with verses   from   Leviticus,   does   not   use   'Kurios'   or   'Lord',   but   the   Tetragrammaton   IAW   (or   IAO)   -   a   Greek   transliteration   of   the Divine Name. Thus distinguishing the use of the Divine Name. The shown fragment contains Leviticus 3:12 and 4:27. The size is approximately 9 cm wide and 5 cm high.
Facsimile’s  gemaakt door B. Bonte –
Facsimile made by B. Bonte