Baffling Dead Sea Scrolls text gets new interpretation
A single phrase in the Psalms Scroll bewildered scholars for decades. Then two students had an epiphany.
Modern Israelis ascribe several meanings of the Hebrew root taph-bet-ayin: “to demand,” “to investigate,” “to prosecute” and while about it, “to sue”. None of these meanings were useful in deciphering a mysterious line in the Dead Sea Scrolls.