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Re: Essene name
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.
>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."