Thursday, February 12, 2009

That Old Time Rock and Scroll

According to the "this date in history" calendar I use, which seems to be about as trustworthy as a cabinet secretary doing his taxes, Friday is the day 54 years ago that Israel acquired 4 of the 7 Dead Sea Scrolls. Luckily, they didn't get all 7 on a Friday the 13th, or there'd be another Jason Vorhees movie. [murmured comments from off blog] Oh, ok, damn. Speaking of disappointments, if you're ever in Khirbet Qumran, while the name Dead Sea Rolls is clever, the baked goods aren't worth your shekels. The story goes the scrolls were found when a goatherd threw a rock into one of the caves, seeking a lost goat. (I know nothing gets my goat like tossing a rock in its direction.) He heard a jar breaking, and hoping he had stumbled into a cellar for a microbrewery he wandered in and the rest is history--literally. As you probably know, the scrolls were written in Hebrew, Aramaic, and Greek, mostly on parchment. What you probably don't know is while it is believed some were written on papyrus, the papyrus was written in Aramaic and therefore mistranslated. So some were written on platypus. If that joke doesn't fly, I'll remove it from your bill.



Anonymous James said...

Nicely put. You did not lay an egg with this one.

(I love platypus jokes. It's a strange hybrid genre. Thanks.)

6:12 AM  

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