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Re: Essene name

Dear Beruriah,

You may have noticed that Ita Sheres didn't mention Qumranites or Essenes,
while mentioning the yahad members. This I'd guess wisely circumvents the
presuppositions inherent in the terms.

Ian Hutchesson

>Furthermore, as you state, if at least some of  the Qumranites were priests,
>healing might be part of their duties, and thus even the presence of a single
>document or fragment of a document would not prove the Qumranites were Essenes,
>or that the name Essenes derived from "healing."