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Re: consensus

The first, and to a lesser extent the second, of these questions are
addressed well in:

P. R. Callaway, {iThe History of the Qumran Community}, JSPS 3 (Sheffield:
JSOT), 1988.

>1. The Qumran community was an Essene Community
>2. The Scrolls were written by or copied by these Essenes
>3. The sect was an eschatological community secluded in the desert awaiting
>the last war between the sons of light and the sons of darkness.
>4. The sect followed the "Righteous Teacher" alone.
>5. The inhabitants of Qumran were attacked and killed by the approaching
>Roman army (in 68 CE).
>Jim West

Tim McLay           tmclay@atcon.com
Halifax, Nova Scotia