Item description for The Great Isaiah Scroll (1Qisaa): A New Edition (Studies on the Texts of the Desert of Judah) by Donald W. Parry...
This text comprises transcriptions of the great Isaiah Scroll (1QIsaa) that were created from the leather scroll itself, housed in the Shrine of the Book of the Israel Museum, Jerusalem. The transcriptions were then checked against enhanced computer images of the John C. Trever negatives. Most emendations by different scribal hands are indicated. The photographs belong to the S.J. Schweig and the John C. Trever collection.
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Donald W. Parry, Ph.D., is Assistant Professor of Hebrew, Brigham Young University. He works as an editor of the Dead Sea Scrolls publication project, assisting Frank Moore Cross with the Samuel texts. Among Parry's published books is "Temples of the Ancient World: Ritual and Symbolism" Stephen D. Ricks, Ph.D. (1982) in Near Eastern Religions, University of California at Berkeley and Graduate Theological Union, is Professor of Hebrew and Semitic Languages, Brigham Young University. He has published on Semitic philology and temples in the Ancient Near East.
Donald W. Parry has an academic affiliation as follows - Brigham Young University.
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1QIsa(a) Qimron and Parry's edition Jan 26, 2001
This 109 (+ xxv) page volume measures 11 1/2 inches by 8 1/2 inches (actual page size). It is printed on acid free paper (though not ANSI certified), and it is smyth sewn. The grayscale images are on a coated paper, but it is not glossy stock.
This edition just contains a partial bibliography on the Great Isaiah Scroll, and the plates, and an accompanying transcription on facing pages. At the foot of each transcription, are some notes on the transcription. This edition is a facsimile edition, its primary purpose is (evidently) to provide a complete "picture" of the whole scroll (though no photos of the whole roll are shown, nor of its exterior). The images are good up to a certain point, they are not really good enough for critical work. More extensive information on the background sources for the images would have been appreciated, Trever provided some and a S. J. Schweig (of Jerusalem) others: ....
The transcription offers very little over the earlier transcription and work done by Trever/Burrows and Brownlee. In fact the earlier edition shows the MS in color. Nor does the transcription illuminate critical variants or differences which exist between the earlier transcriptions and this present work. When differences exist, the user must look to the image to try to resolve the reading. And here is the problem.....
The images are not very sharp. They were scanned at only 400 dpi, and then printed in an unknown dpi (offset- photolithography). The resulting facsimiles though usable, leave a lot to be desired. Why not color?? Why not real sharp full-scale images?? Why not a printing on glossy paper?? Why not a full discussion of the variants, and a list of various variations between the MT and this MS?? Why not a discussion of all of the unique marks and signs in the text?? Why not a measuring scale (in mm or inches) next to each image?? Hence, I am not sure why this edition was made. (For someone's profit?). No critical value, and no way to really test Parry and Qimron's transcription. Qimron, for one, is an expert with this MS and the grammar of this "Qumran" Hebrew, but he remains largely silent in this facsimile edition, a loss. As a facsimile edition, the facsimiles are really second-class. In many ways the earlier work by Trever (et al) is superior even with the slightly fuzzy color photos.
However, if you need a copy of 1Isa(a), this may suffice. Mr. Gary S. Dykes