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Re: Yachad ostracon

On Sat, 14 Sep 1996, Greg Doudna wrote:

> > >Esti Eshel presented her find in Manchester on Tuesday. She reads yh_d,
> > >though it could be yod aleph dalet (anyone know a personal name that begins

Thanks for a beautifully detailed post. 

It does seem to me that the reading of "yachad" as described is a bit too 
speculative to actually provide a proof for a connection between Qumran 
and DSS.

Incidentally, I understand that the ostracon discusses a gift of a slave 
- this in contradiction to Philo's description of the Essenes being 
against slavery. Of course, such contradictions are not new and not 

Best, Asia