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Meanwhile in the Mandaic Book of John…

Sometimes the scribe simply couldn’t make up their mind what they were trying to write

For those of you who aren’t familiar with the Mandaic alphabet, here’s a better illustration:

Quite sloppy. I’m still trying to figure out how to represent this with sigla…

Luckily the scribe just gave up and re-wrote it from scratch as the next word. 🙂

UPDATE: Here’s how it looked in the manuscript where we can see that the scribe just gave up and started over:

/mlalkun/ “your (pl.) speech” was intended as you can see. 🙂


So What Does Transcribing a Manuscript Look Like?

Working on the Mandaic Book of John.

Well, in truth it’s rather boring if you’re not a linguist. But this tends to make folks like me geek out. 🙂

Gotta admit, though, (and I’m not endorsing Apple, just stating a fact) using a Retina Display makes it so much easier on the eyes. Big improvement. 🙂