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Re: Better Dead than Red

>The Qumran covenanters probably called it the Dead Sea because they thought
they could save space and bury people there, but they lost too many
gravediggers so they abandoned the idea.<

Ha! Ha!  But your speculations remind us that we should bear in mind that
they DIDN'T call the Dead Sea.  They called it Yam Ha-MelaX, the Salt Sea,
using the name it bears in the Hebrew Bible.

Does any one know who first called it the Dead Sea?

Judith Romney Wegner, Providence