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Physiognomy linked with a prediction (1)

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05 Scientific knowledge and scholarly lore

05 Scientific knowledge and scholarly lore

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Qumran texts

Qumran scrolls, 4QMess ar:
Col. i. Two … of the hand [ … ] it left a mark from [like (?)] barley [and] lentils on [ … ] and tiny marks on his thigh [ … After tw]o years he will know this from that [ … ]. In his youth he will become like … [ … like a ma]n who does not know anyth[ing, until] the time when he shall become skilled in the three books. [Th]en he will become wise and will be endowed with disc[retion … ] visions to come to him upon [his] knees. And with his father and with his forefa[th]ers [ … ] life and old age; with him there will be counsel and prudence, [and] he will know the secrets of mankind. His wisdom will go forth to all peoples, and he will know the secrets of all living things. [Al]l their calculations against him will come to naught, although the opposition of all living beings will be abundant. [But] his [cal]culatons [will succeed], because he is the Elect of God. His birth and the (very) spirit of his breath [ … ] his [cal]culations will exist forever.
Col. ii. 12-19. and cities … [ … ] and they will lay waste [ … ] and with … dwelling which [ … ] waters will cease [ … ] from [ … ] will devastate (the) gates (?). All these will co[me … ...] and all of [th]em will be rebuilt; like Watchers (will be) his activity. Instead of his voice [ … ] upon him they will base its foundation. Its sin and its guilt [ … in] his breast [ … ]. Holy One and Watcher[s … ] a word [ … ] they have [sp]oken against him.

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Qumran scrolls, 4QMess ar


Fitzmyer and Harrington 1978, 97-101Fitzmyer, J. A. and D. J. Harrington. A Manual of Palestinian Aramaic Texts. Biblica et Orientalia 34. Rome: Biblical Institute 1978.

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