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Nash Papyrus
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The Nash Papyrus, purchased by Walter Llewellyn Nash in 1902 in Egypt, is a 2nd-century BCE copy of the Ten Commandments, and was, when first discovered, the oldest known Hebrew manuscript.

The Nash Papyrus (Cambridge University Library, MS Or. 233) is a small (140 mm x 60 mm), damaged (four fragments are now joined together) Hebrew papyrus rotulus containing the text of the Ten Commandments and the Shemaʿ (Deut. 6:4–5). It is one of the earliest Hebrew manuscripts known to us. The manuscript has attracted much scholarly int…

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Outhwaite, Ben, “Nash Papyrus”, in: Encyclopedia of Jewish Book Cultures Online, General Editor: Emile Schrijver. Consulted online on 23 July 2024 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2772-4026_EJBO_SIM_031692>
First published online: 2023

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