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Re: question

David W. Suter wrote:

> Perhaps we need to come back to the initial point, which had to do with 
> identifying literature relevant to understanding the role of 
> "sectarianism" in the third (or perhaps early second) century.  Daniel is 
> of importance here because writers like Pl<"o>ger have used it as a 
> vehicle for arguing for the existence of a party like the Hasidim prior 
> to the beginning of the Maccabean crisis.  I believe that Pl<"o>ger 
> connected his Hasidim with the prophetic tradition, while others have 
> suggested that such a group should be identified with the Levites (who 
> seem to be associated both with Psalms and Chronicles).  How Daniel fits 
> into this discussion is complicated because the name does not have some 
> of the obvious associations of the subjects of several of the testaments 
> mentioned, making it necessary to look at the cultural background to the 
> book to determine how it fits in.

One thing that is found in common among the DSS, Daniel, Psalms, and
Chronicles is MASKIL. In Chronicles, those who are MASKILIM are the 
Levitical prophetic singers.  This term is also one that binds DanA 
(1:4) and DanB (11:33-35).

Glenn Wooden
Acadia Divinity College
Wolfville N.S.