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God’s Name in Bible Manuscripts

God’s Name in Bible Manuscripts

Nash Papyrus

This small fragment is 2,200 years old and contains portions of Exodus and Deuteronomy, including the Ten Commandments. God’s name in Hebrew characters (the Tetragrammaton) appears seven times in this fragment.

Dead Sea Scroll of Isaiah (Great Isaiah Scroll)

This parchment, made from the skin of a sheep or a goat, is 2,100 years old and contains the entire book of Isaiah except for a few small sections. It consistently uses God’s name in Aramaic script.

Fouad Papyrus 266

This Greek translation of part of Deuteronomy is 2,100 years old and uses God’s name in Hebrew within the Greek text.

Dead Sea Fragment of Leviticus

Some 2,000 years old, this papyrus contains a Greek translation of part of Leviticus that includes a form of God’s name using the Greek letters ΙΑΩ (IAO).

Leningrad Codex

This 1,000-year-old parchment is the oldest complete version of the Hebrew Scriptures. It contains God’s name almost 7,000 times.