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Re: Above/Below Engedi
I have Stern, Greek and Latin Authors, which I mentioned in my last post,
open in frnot of me. This should clearly be the starting point of any
discussion on the matter (and perhaps even the finishing point bearing in
mind the high level of Menahem Stern's scholarship). I briefly cite from
Stern (I, p.465): "There is
nothing in the whole range of NH to indicate that Pliny was personally
acquainted with Judaea....Pliny does not state his sources for the
geography of Judaea. It seems ...he used a source reflecting the
conditions of the age of Herod." I see no reference to Strugnell,
although Stern does take issue with Audet, RB 68 (1961) (of course Vol. I
was published in 1974, so I may just not be familiar with Strugnell's
article. This being the case I second Jim West's request for the
bibliographic reference ) Stern's view is
the following:Moreover, the impression one gets from reading Pliny is
that he describes the Dead Sea by starting from the north, and that En
Gedi, which is mentioned after the Essenes, should therefore be located
south of the Essene habitations. Similarly, Massada, which is therefore
mentioned after En Gedi indeed lies south of it.
Perhaps eveyone should take a time-out to read Stern in detail. There is
much more, I'm just tired of typing.
On Sat, 18 May 1996, Jim West wrote:
> >Did John Strugnell not write an article on this question about
> >20 years ago and, if I recall it properly, he resolved the
> >issue. But, of course, my mind may be deceiving me.
> >Michael Stone
> Please, if you don't mind, give us the bibliographic reference.
> Jim West