NEKRA THALATTA : IN THE CAVES OF QUMRAN A STEEP AND RUGGED ASCENT TO PLATO’S CAVE (C) – The War of the Sons of Light Against the Sons of Darkness iv


(BEING CONTINUED FROM  09/05/13)

4QNew Jerusalem* (4Q555 [4QNJ* ar])

Frag. 1 /[.·.] And the staircase which [climbs up at its side] is four cubits wide,
and goes round 2 [and upwards to a height of two rods, up to the roof.] Blank
3 [And he brought me into the block and showed me the houses there; from one
porch to another,] fifteen; eight from the side up to the corner, 4 [and from the
corner up to the other porch.] Length of the houses: three rods; cubits, twentyone;
and their width: 5 [two rods, fourteen cubits. And all the rooms the same.]
Their height is two rods, fourteen cubits. Their door is in the middle; 6 [it is
two rods, fourteen cubits, in width. And he measured the width of the middle
of the houses and of their interior,] four cubits; length and height, one rod,
seven cubits 7 [… The site is nineteen cubits] in length and twelve cubits in
width. The house 8 [has twenty-two beds, and there are eleven lattice windows
above the beds.] At their side is the outer gutter. 9 [And he has measured …
from the window: height, two cubits; width, … cubits, and its thickness is the
width of the wall. Height of] its inner part: cubits 10 [… and of the other …
cubits … ] two rods; cubits, fourteen ; 1 [… ] to the South … 12 [… ] and the roof
which is over them

SQNew Jerusalem (5Q15 [5QNj ar])

Frag. 1 col. ι 1 [around,] three hundred and fifty-seven cubits on each side. And
a peristyle around the block, the portico of the street: three rods, twenty-one
cubits. 2 Also he showed me all the measurements of all the blocks. Between
one block and another is the street, six rods in width, forty-two cubits. 3 And
the main streets which run from East to West; width the streets: of two of them
are of ten rods, seventy cubits; and he measured the third, the one which passes
to the 1[eft] of the temple: eighteen rods in width, [one hundred and twenty-six
cubits. And the width of the streets which run from South 5 [to North:] two of  them are nine rods and four cubits each one, sixty-seven cubits; the one in the  mid[d1e, which is in the cen]tre of the city, he measured its width: thirteen rods
and a cubit, ninety-two cubits. All the streets of the city are paved with white
stone 7 […] alabaster and onyx. Blank 8 [And he measured the four hundred]
and eighty [posterns:] the wi[dth of] the posterns is two rods, [fourteen cubits…]
9 In each door there were stone jambs; the width of the ja[mbs] is [one]
rod, [seven cubits.] 10 [He showed me the dimensions of] the twelve…The
width of their doors of three rods, [twenty-one cubits.] 11 [Each door has two
jambs;] width of the jambs: one and a half rods, ten and a half cubits …12 [On
the side of each door were two t0]wers, one on the right and the other on the
left. Their height and their width [are the same size: five rods by five,] 13
thirty-three cubits. The staircase which skirts the inner door, to the right of the
towers, goes up to the height of the to[wers and is five cubits in width. The
towers] 14 [and the staircases are five rods by five, and five cubits, forty cubits
on each side of the door […] 15 And he showed me the dimensions of the
porches of the blocks; their width is two rods, fourteen cubits; and the wi[dth
o f . . . ] their dimensions are … cubits. 16 [He measured above each] threshold
its jambs, and measured inside the threshold: its length is thirteen cubits and
its width ten cubits. 18 And he led me inside the vestibule. There was there
another threshold and another door to the side of the inner wall; on the right
side, with the dimensions of the outer ;9 door: four cubits in width and seven
cubits in height, with two rooms. In front of this door, the entrance threshold,
of one rod in width,

Col. II 1 seven cubits. The length of the entrance: two rods, fourteen cubits, and
the height: two rods, fourteen cubits. And the door 2 corresponding to this
door, the one which opens to the block, has the dimensions of the outer door.
To the left of this entry he showed me a stairwell 3 which goes round and up:
its length and its width are the same size: two rods by two, fourteen cubits. The
d0[0rs which are opposite] 4 the other doors are the same sizes. And the pillar
within the space, upon which the staircase goes round and up, its width and its
len[gth are six by six cubits] 5 squared. And the staircase which goes up at its
side is four cubits in width, and goes round and up to a height of two rods, up
to [the roof.] 6 And he brought me [to the interior of] the block and showed me
the houses there, fifteen from one porch to another; eight from one side up to
the corner, 7 and from the corner up to the other porch. Length of the houses:
three rods; twenty-one cubits; and their width: 8 two rods, fourteen cubits. And
all the rooms the same. Their height is two rods, fourteen cubits. Their door
9 is in the middle; it is two rods, fourteen cubits, in width. [And he measured
the width of the middle] of the houses and of their interior […] 10 four [cubits;]
length and height, one rod, seven cubits […] The site is nineteen cubits in
length 11 and twelve cubits in width. The house has twenty-two beds, and there are eleven lattice windows above [the beds.] 12 At their side is the outer gutter.
[And he measured …] from the window: height, two cubits; [width,… cubits,]
and its thickness is the width of the wall. [Height of its inner] part: 13 […] cubits
[and of the other … cubits.] And he measured the edges of the platforms:
nineteen [cubits in length] and twelve cubits in width. 14 […] and their height
[…] they open above […] two rods, [fourteen] 15 cubits; [their width is] three
cubits and their length ten [cubits ..] one and a half cubits, and their height
within […]

Frag. 2 1 […] windows […] 2 […] all the houses which are in the inside […]
3 […] each door, and their thresholds are […] wide 4 […] of the columns,
twelve cubits [ . . . ]5 […] from one column to another […]

11QNew Jerusalem (11Q18 [11QNJ ar])

Frags. 1 + 2 + 31 1 [ . . . ] . . . […] the throne […] 2 […] … […] and he is placed
[… ע 1 […] … […] the temple, and from the blood […] 4 […] … [se]ven rods
[…]5 […] by forty […] 6 […] from the tem[p1e…]

Frags. 311 + 4 + 5 + 6 7 . . . [ . . . ] . . . like all which [… fro]m before the al[tar …]
they were taken […]2 the throne […] … levites … […] … with … […] … seven
[…] 3 from him … [ . . . ] i t will be for them […] … for him […] until the
sun goes down [ . . . ]* the hand […] from [the] festivals […] oil and wine […]
offerings […]5 and over . . . [ . . . ] before him [… tw]obulls […]6 the temple […
for a plea]sant 0[d0ur…] … […]

Frags. 7 + 81 1 [… al]l Israel […] all the men who […]2 […] Blank And as soon
Israel […] they were appointed over them […] 3 […] the Passover sacrifices
[…] until the sun goes down [ . . . ] 4 until the sun goes down and all […] together.
Blank [ . . . ]5 […] their peace-offerings […] seven […] 6 […] … […]

Frags. 9 /[…] the months of Israel […] 2 […] … and in the night […] 3 […]…
it will be called […] 4 […] its flesh which [ . . . ]5 […] they will be eaten with it
and from […]6 they will be eaten and dr[unk…] ; [ . . . ] … […]

Frags. 10 + 111 ![…] the sun […] and from 2 […] the judge from all […]3 […]
which four […] 4 […] over all seed [ . . . ]5 all year […]6 […] … […]

Frags. 1111+12 1 over them and […] over the four horns of the altar, 2 and of
the peace-offering […] from it, all the fat 3 of their sacrifices […] the two kidneys
4 and from the knees […] its cakes soaked […] 5 all its multitude [… the
al]tar for an odour 6 from all […] […] in the first place 7 [for I]srael

Frag. 13 1 [… ev]ery seventh day before God, a memorial …] and their thankoffering
2 […] outside of the temple, to the right of the West, [and it shall be
divided …] and they will be accepted. 3 [And I watched until (the bread ?) was
di]vided among the eighty-four priests […] j a […] from everything the division
of the tables filled itself [•••]4 [.. the eldest who are among th]em, and fourteen
prie[sts …] $ [priests … Two (loaves) of brea]d [upon which] was the incense
[…] 6 [I keep watching until one of the two loaves] was given to the [high]
priest [… with him.] 7 [And the other was given to the second who was
stan]ding apart […]

Frag. 14 1 the grape when it leaves the palm […]2 from the radiance in them,
and the fifth] crown […] 3 interior of the cover, and the sixth crown […]4 seventh
[crown], according to the radiance and the [ . . . ] 5 [And] the High Priest
was clothed […] 6 … […]

Frag. 15 1 […] loosed yet for them, which is […] 2 […] and all who have finished
his seven [… ] 3 [… ] their brothers entered their place, four hundred [… ]
4 […] Blank And he said to me: to the twenty six [ . . . ]5 […] the holy of holies
[…] 6 [… they] entered […]

Frag. 16 1 […] the doors which were in front of the temple […] 2 [… on] the
seventh day. And on the first day of the m[0nth …] 3 […] is holy. The temple
and the great glory […] 4 […] for ever. Blank 5 […] He started to read to me
from a bo[ok …] 6 […] he showed me a book […]7 […] … […]

Frag. 17 1 seven cups and bowls to wash […]2 [to] me, and higher seven caldrons,
stoves over the ea[rth…] j [and all] of them (are) thirty two thousand
and nine hundred [..•]4 […] Blank [ . . . ]5 […] He said to me: See […]6 […] to
his house the joy and to […] 7 […] … […]

Frag. 18 1 seven by seven. And he sh0[wed me …]2 three rods; and the height
of the doors […] 3 to all the twelve d00r[s…] 4 two [rods,] and its breath is the
width of the wa[11 …] 5 the first hundred rods […]

Frag. 19 + 20 1 […] around the upper room […] and the two doors 2 […] cubits,
seven columns [… and the wi]dth of the upper room 3 [… their length] and
their [width] are six by six cubits [… and] one; the width of 4 […] and the
building built upon it […] And likewise 5 [he showed me …] and all this building
[…] the stair 6 […] rods […]

Frag. 21 1 […] in its four feet. And stretch the bull […] 2 [… Wa]sh its feet and
its inwards and salt all of them […] 3 […] put them on the fire, and the loaves  of sifted fine flour […] 4 [.. .a f0]urth of a seah, and bring (it) all up to the altar  […] 5 [.. .a fo]urth of a seah and a drink offering to the interior […] 6 […] and
the flesh is mixed together [ . . . ] 7 […] odour. Blank […] 8 […] beaten (?) near
[…]

Frag. 22 1 […] from these and the mixtures (?) which 2 […] separated and of the
tithes 3 […] separated and prepared 4 […] Blank 5 […] all the West side. 6 […]
the wall 7 […] ebony <?[•·.] in the right

Frag. 23 1 [… and] its four sides (?) were high: […] cubits, […] 2 [… and the
chan]nel (?) near the wall which surrounds the […] 3 [.. .]its width is two [cubits]
and its height two cubits […] 4 […] is beautiful and all is of pure gold [… ]
S [ . . . ] Blank […] 6 of columns turning from one door to [another door …] 7 [ . . . ]
from one door to another in the city-wall […] 5 [ . . . ] in his hand […]

Frag. 24 1 […] living waters 2 […] this wall is of pure gold 3 […] water from
4[…] Blank5 […] all their stones 6 overlay with gold 7[…] …

 

(TO BE CONTINUED )

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The Qumran Texts in English By Florentino García Martínez

 


 

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