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Re: Qumran question (fwd)

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Date: Mon, 4 Mar 1996 09:01:02 EST
From: Dr DR de Lacey <del2@cus.cam.ac.uk>
To: Multiple recipients of list <ioudaios-l@lehigh.edu>
Subject: Re: Qumran question

On Mon, 4 Mar 1996, James R. Davila wrote:

> >But how do we gain the necessary independent knowledge of Sadducean legal
> >traditions? I know of no non-circular arguments (though I'd love to be
> >corrected:-)
> >
> >Douglas de Lacey
> Schiffman argues that in the cases where rabbinic halakha distinguishes the
> Sadducean position from the position of the sages, the Qumran texts (esp.
> 4QMMT and the Temple Scroll) tend to agree with the Sadducees.

I know (and indeed he is not the first.) But "tend to agree with" is far
too strong. "both disagree with the Rabbis"  may be defensible -- on some
but not all issues, that is; and not (I would argue) on what are likely to
have been the *important* ones. And anyway this is only very late 
tradition about Sadducee views, preserved by their enemies. Not the most 
compelling evidence (IMHO).

Douglas de Lacey

Taylor-Schechter Genizah Research Unit,    Cambridge University Library
del2@cam.ac.uk          http://www.cam.ac.uk/Libraries/Taylor-Schechter