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Re: Josephus & DSS

>In a message dated 96-09-19 07:51:41 EDT, you write:
><< Because they were the only group which did not participate in the War
> against Rome in 68!
>  >>
>How does one explain the find of a DSS in Masada, if the Essenes were not
>participants in the war against Rome?

By a DSS I assume you mean the Songs of the Sabbath Sacrifice, a copy of
which was also found at Masada.  It's debatable whether it came from the
Yahad group; the original editor no longer thinks so, although one passage
may refer to the Yahad by name.  Anyhow, most of us are not willing to
grant the assumption that the Yahad group of the Qumran library were

But if I remember correctly, Josephus says that the Essenes were tortured
by the Romans, which may imply participation in the Great Revolt.

>Also, what "peaceful monk" wrote the War scroll between the War of the Sons
>of Light and the Sons of Darkness?

American dispensationalists aren't terribly warlike, but they sure like the
book of Revelation.

>Steve Abramowitz

Jim Davila
University of St. Andrews