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Michael Burer
10-29-2007, 05:23 PM
I am befuddled by a difference in word count I am finding when searching for a root in QST/QSM and then comparing those results to Abegg's Dead Sea Scrolls Concordance (Leiden: Brill, 2003).

I am trying to find all instances of shabbat ("Sabbath") in QST. I put this on the command line with QSM as my search version:

.tbv@n*
(My apologies for the lack of Hebrew, but I don't remember how to include fonts in the forums.)

I get 276 hits, but this is far larger than Abegg's data, which is 185 hits for shabbat. Even allowing for homonymic consonantal roots, the numbers are still quite disparate. (The only word which would be confused here according to Abegg is shebet, "idleness, cessation," which according to Abegg only occurs 2x.)

One presumption I have is that QST/QSM and Abegg's Concordance cover the same manuscripts. Is that incorrect?

Andrew Fincke
10-29-2007, 09:15 PM
Not having the concordance at hand, I suggest that you check for reconstructed shabbats and "on the leather" shabbats. Perhaps - I would hope - Abegg was concerned in the book about including only "on the leathers" or partially preserved words and deleting the figments of the imagination.
Andrew F.

Michael Burer
10-30-2007, 06:45 PM
Perhaps - I would hope - Abegg was concerned in the book about including only "on the leathers" or partially preserved words and deleting the figments of the imagination.

By "on the leathers" do you mean words which do not have all letters preserved?