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Re: Golb's Theory

At 10:12 AM 9/2/96 +0300, you wrote:

>I am not precisely a whole-hearted proponent, but I find the theory 
>interesting, and would be glad for the discussion. 
>Best, Asia 

Good.  I am particularly interested in a couple of seeming contradictions.

Golb suggests 
1- that Qumran was a fort
2- that women and children were found in the cemetary.

That 2 is irrefutable goes without saying;  it does not follow that 1 is
true because 2 is true.  Yet this seems to be the implication.  But what
evidence does Golb posess to suggest that women and children could be found
at a Jewish fort?  (Masada notwithstanding- as its circumstances were quite
different- it was a last ditch holdout and not a fort in the normal sense)

Just some points for clarification.



Jim West, ThD
Professor of Biblical Languages, CCBI
Adjunct Professor of Bible, Quartz Hill School of Theology