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Has anyone suggested, and offered evidence, that the Rachabites (of course I
mean their descendents) were the founders of the Qumran sect?
That would be the day!
The Rechabites are mentioned in Jeremiah, in a chapter in Dtr style
(if not Dtr itself) as something around in the 6th century. Without
going into a debate of tghe actual age of the chapter in Jeremiah,
there is quite a distance from the 6th to the 2nd cent. BCE. So we
need more than a casual resemblance.
Niels Peter Lemche
Dep. Biblical Studies
University of Copenhagen
Phone: 45 49 13 81 24
Fax: 45 49 13 81 28