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Dead Sea Scroll Fragment

Dead Sea Scroll Fragment

This Dead Sea Scroll fragment is written in Hebrew using the Hebrew alphabet, which was read from right to left. The fragment preserves part of a non-biblical Hebrew text that included various liturgical pieces, similar to many other Qumran scrolls and scroll fragments. It also bears similarities to the Psalms found in the Bible. In this small fragment the poet first praises the virtues of Torah study and humility, and then decries the contrary vices.

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