A. Maberry maberry at U.WASHINGTON.EDU
Wed Mar 14 16:30:38 UTC 2001

I guess there are technically as many megillot (pl.) as there are scrolls.
>From "Encyclopedia Judaica" v.11, col. 1228 "Megillah (Heb. megillah
'scroll')... "designation of each of the five scrolls of the Bible (Ruth,
Song of Songs, Lamentations, Ecclesiastes, Esther). When the scroll is not
specifically named, the term megillah most commonly refers to the scroll
of Esther which is read on Purim."

maberry at u.washington.edu

On Wed, 14 Mar 2001, Douglas G. Wilson wrote:

> >A  former official of the Anti-Defamation League--and good friend---once
> >told me that even Jews don't know how many megillahs there are. Anyone?
> Apparently there are five, traditionally. I justify the answer by secular
> means: Google search turns up 236 hits for "five megillot", none for "six
> ...", "seven ...", ..., "ten ...".
> -- Doug Wilson

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