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Re: Better Dead than Red

-> From: PWEGNER@BROWNVM.brown.edu
-> To: orion@pluto.mscc.huji.ac.il
-> Date:         Mon, 01 Apr 96 00:18:19 EST
-> Subject:      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

I think it was the Crusaders in the 12th century (Mare Mortum)

--Jonah Wahrman