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Re: women at Qumran

At 03:29 AM 4/30/96 +0200, you wrote:
>To Pinchas Richard Wimberly who wrote:
>>> Could you elucidate on how irt someone of a high class or big "wallet".
Obviously there's something
>here about the nails. Are there any precedents? any other examples that
>might clarify?

Perhaps the nails were meant as "markers" to designate coffins containing
females from those containing men--so as to facilitate separation for
purposes of "Qumranic purity"?  We need to know how many nails, male
children coffins nailed or un-nailed, etc.  My hunch is the answer to
the presence of nails in some coffins and their absence in others is 
related somehow to the religious views of these religious folk (all
buried facing East, correct?)

Phillip Arnold