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Re: Yachad, was Re: Ioudaios: The Dead Sea Scrolls

In response to Asia's comment. Whether the work YaHad
was there or not is not a matter of opinion, but of
fact. The fact is, as I recall from conversations
with Esther Eshel that the word IS there. That is why
it is so interesting.

M. Stone

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> Subject: Yachad, was Re: Ioudaios: The Dead Sea Scrolls
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> On Wed, 21 Aug 1996, Avital Pinnick wrote:
>> >From dsuter@catadon.stmartin.eduWed Aug 21 06:21:46 1996
>> Much of the discussion on IOUDAIOS of late has centered around the issue
>> of the connection between the manuscript finds and the ruins of a
>> building compound at Qumran, as well as the issue of the nature of the
>> community, or communities, producing the manuscripts.  In this regard,
>> I'm surprised that so far no one has picked up on the announcement on
>> Orion over the weekend by Esthie Eshel of the contents of one of the
>> ostraca found at Qumran this spring.  According to her note, it contains
>> the deed of an estate, including a house and a slave, to the Yahad.  The
>> implication, I believe you will find, is that this ostracon, found along
>> a wall between the cemetary and the building complex, provides a link
>> between the scrolls and the buildings.
> Before such conclusion can be reached, its imperative to establish
> whether the term "yachad" actually appears in the ostraca, or whether the
> interpretation of the text is made on the bases of the _assumption_ that
> if a gift was given to some community, that community must have been the
> yachad. I am actually willing to indulge in a bet - its the second case.
> I do not think the term "yachad" is there. Just a hunch, no special info.
> Best, Asia