Many studies on the formation of the collection of the
Twelve Minor Prophets take for granted that the 4QXIIa manuscript provides
evidence that the Book of Jonah stood at the end of a scroll of the Twelve and
that this sequence could have been the original one. Examination of the
reconstruction of the scroll published in the DJD XV volume reveals that the
Malachi-Jonah sequence is highly hypothetical and should not be considered as
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