|Codex L; 11th cent; world's oldest complete Heb. OT. Deut. 16:15c-16:18a; ס marks the sedarim,
but is also abbreviation for 2nd word of "פרשה סתומה" or "parashah setumah" = "closed section," when in the text|
Oct 17, 2014
Codex vs. Scroll
Below is a comparison of Codex L (11th cent; world's oldest complete Heb. OT, in codex) with Bologna Sefer Torah (12th cent.; world's oldest Torah scroll). The BST was rediscovered and identified by Mauro Perani last year in Italy. As visible: Image 1, Codex L (Deut. 16:15c-16:18a); Image 2, Bologna Sefer Torah (Deut. 16:15b-16:18b). The first word of the BST image below begins with יְבָרֶכְךָ֞ , the first word after athnach of v. 15 (visible in L), and ends with לִשְׁבָטֶ֑יךָ , the last word before athnach (visible in L) in v. 18. The nun in the margin is indicating a variation in the sedarim. Image 3 is of BHS Deut. 16 for reference.