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Re: Walls not a fortress make

Is there evidence that the Romans destroyed texts at other sites? I do 
not know what group might not have liked the Qumran group. I simply do 
not understand why the Romans cared about texts.


I do not wish to be rude, but is this discussion not a bit 
amateurish? Soldiers destroy, intentionally or unintentionally (and 
they sometimes simply like like naughty children to destroy, think of 
Bosnia as a recent reminder) - so 
people housing a library or wanting to preserve scrolls would - of 
course  - try in times of war to preserve as much as possible. There 
is no need for a conscious political campaign with the intention of 
destroying manuscripts. On the other hand, the Romans hardly loved 
anything Jewish at the end of the Jewish-Roman war.

But to be back on the point: akthough there may be no evidence of a 
conceived politically conducted destruction of manuscripts, 
manuscripts would nevertheless be 'endangered' items in times of war.

Niels Peter Lemche
Dep. Biblical Studies
University of Copenhagen
Phone: 45 49 13 81 24
Fax: 45 49 13 81 28
e-mail: npl@teol.ku.dk