21 July 2015

LEVITICUS, First Eight Verses Deciphered from Parchment Ashes Found in 1970

With each discovery of artifacts from our illustrious history in the Promised Land perhaps we can decipher the direction we should be taking in our current events of turmoil. As we hear often, there are no coincidences; therefore, maybe we should compare the findings with the weekly Parsha reading and events happening in our present days. What is the korban (sacrifice) for this coming Shabbat, the Shabbat of Tisha B'Av, observed this Sunday? In the Leviticus parchment (below) its a bull:  a sacrifice for the one who sinned brings the young bull.

Cutting-edge technology has for the first time allowed scholars to read the most ancient Hebrew scroll found since the Dead Sea Scrolls, Israeli and US experts said on Monday, AFP reported.

The charred piece of parchment from the sixth century CE was found in the ashes of an ancient synagogue at Ein Gedi, on the shores of the Dead Sea, in 1970 but until now has been impossible to read... Shor* said the discovery filled an important gap in between the Dead Sea Scrolls, written more than 2,000 years ago, and the 10th century Aleppo Codex. Fist 8 verses from Leviticus Scroll found in 1970
Photo from Jewish Press

1 And He called to Moses, and the Lord spoke to him from the Tent of Meeting, saying,

אוַיִּקְרָא אֶל משֶׁה וַיְדַבֵּר יְהֹוָה אֵלָיו מֵאֹהֶל מוֹעֵד לֵאמֹר:

2 Speak to the children of Israel, and say to them: When a man from [among] you brings a sacrifice to the Lord; from animals, from cattle or from the flock you shall bring your sacrifice.

בדַּבֵּר אֶל בְּנֵי יִשְׂרָאֵל וְאָמַרְתָּ אֲלֵהֶם אָדָם כִּי יַקְרִיב מִכֶּם קָרְבָּן לַיהֹוָה מִן הַבְּהֵמָה מִן הַבָּקָר וּמִן הַצֹּאן תַּקְרִיבוּ אֶת קָרְבַּנְכֶם:

3 If his sacrifice is a burnt offering from cattle, an unblemished male he shall bring it. He shall bring it willingly to the entrance of the Tent of Meeting, before the Lord.

גאִם עֹלָה קָרְבָּנוֹ מִן הַבָּקָר זָכָר תָּמִים יַקְרִיבֶנּוּ אֶל פֶּתַח אֹהֶל מוֹעֵד יַקְרִיב אֹתוֹ לִרְצֹנוֹ לִפְנֵי יְהֹוָה:

4 And he shall lean his hand [forcefully] upon the head of the burnt offering, and it will be accepted for him to atone for him.

דוְסָמַךְ יָדוֹ עַל רֹאשׁ הָעֹלָה וְנִרְצָה לוֹ לְכַפֵּר עָלָיו:

5 And he shall slaughter the young bull before the Lord. And Aaron's descendants, the kohanim, shall bring the blood, and dash the blood upon the altar, around [the altar] which is at the entrance of the Tent of Meeting.

הוְשָׁחַט אֶת בֶּן הַבָּקָר לִפְנֵי יְהֹוָה וְהִקְרִיבוּ בְּנֵי אַהֲרֹן הַכֹּהֲנִים אֶת הַדָּם וְזָרְקוּ אֶת הַדָּם עַל הַמִּזְבֵּחַ סָבִיב אֲשֶׁר פֶּתַח אֹהֶל מוֹעֵד:

6 And he shall skin the burnt offering, and cut it into its [prescribed] sections.

ווְהִפְשִׁיט אֶת הָעֹלָה וְנִתַּח אֹתָהּ לִנְתָחֶיהָ:

7 And the descendants of Aaron the kohen shall place fire on the altar, and arrange wood on the fire.

זוְנָתְנוּ בְּנֵי אַהֲרֹן הַכֹּהֵן אֵשׁ עַל הַמִּזְבֵּחַ וְעָרְכוּ עֵצִים עַל הָאֵשׁ:

8 And Aaron's descendants, the kohanim, shall then arrange the pieces, the head and the fat, on top of the wood which is on the fire that is on the altar.

חוְעָרְכוּ בְּנֵי אַהֲרֹן הַכֹּהֲנִים אֵת הַנְּתָחִים אֶת הָרֹאשׁ וְאֶת הַפָּדֶר עַל הָעֵצִים אֲשֶׁר עַל הָאֵשׁ אֲשֶׁר עַל הַמִּזְבֵּחַ:

* Its very interesting that the person in the article, of the Israel Antiquities Authority (IAA), describing the parchment is Penina Shor (Shor in Hebrew means bull).

1 comment:

CDG, Yerushalayim, Eretz Yisrael Shlemah said...

Great catch on the message from haShem!

Interesting about Penina Bull (I mean Shor).

I was going to get out my dictionary, be fussy and say "shor = ox." But, reading your article again, I realized that I've learned from the Keeping A Family Cow forum that an ox is just a very fully-grown bull and is not a different species - I think they just let the bull get big enough, depending on the type of cow he is, and it becomes an ox and can work for the farmer who doesn't have modern machinery. So you are right.

It seems the verses that were found can be understood to be a message that we need to get ready to perform the sacrifices already. But the first step is to get people used to the idea of Torah Governance. I plan to write about it soon. Look for it.