Copyright John C. Trever, 1964

Column 10 of the Habakkuk commentary found in cave 1 at Qumran which contains two quotations from Habakkuk (2:13 and 2:14). Note especially line 4 word 3 (reading from right to left) and line 11 word 7 in which a single word appears in a different script. The word is the ineffable name of God, Yahweh, known as the Tetragrammaton because it contains four letters, yod, heh, vov, heh. The Tetragrammaton is written in archaic Hebrew script, while the remainder of the scroll is written in the newer square Hebrew script which is the basis for modern Hebrew writing. In the Habakkuk commentary the Tetragrammaton is used only in Biblical quotations; in other portions, when reference is made to God, it is written as the generic word el (God).