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Re: yahad ostracon

>Let's suppose that the ostracon is the real mcCoy. What would it clarify?
Thatan entity called yahad is not attested only in literary documents from
the caves but in a documentary text from near the site; the implication
being (I stress implication, but a strong one) tha there was a group at
Khirbet Qumran calling itself officiAlly the yhd.

I don't think we go much beyond there, except that the texts and Qumran are
linked in some way. But all kinds of explanations for the origin and
deposit of the texts remain.

Philip R Davies
Department of Biblical Studies
University of Sheffield
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