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Re: DSS- Gnostic parellels?

You might want to check out the Karaites. They were Jews that 
rejected Rabbinic authority. They may have perpetuated an adapted 
forms of Essene philosophy. There was some speculation on this 
prior to 1948 on their possible connection to the Zodakite 
fragments. The fact that the Damascus Doc. survived in the Chairo 
Genizah dictates that some Essene thought survived upto the Middle 
Ages. . 
      "Zodakite Fragments" by Solomon Schechter, I think this was 
the book that drew a Karaite link. 

aka: Brad Harrison
Gratz College
Philly Pa