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Re: 4Q Therapeia
On Thu, 26 Sep 1996, Eric Forster wrote:
> > Why does the Cairo Genizah come to mind concerning this topic? If Q.
> >was a genizah then certainly anything from anywhere for every purpose or
> >reason may be found. From scribal exercises to other varying sectarian
> >works. And a genizah would also be suitable for a rash desparate hiding
> >place for sacred works in times of trouble, Maccabean and Roman wars
> > In the Cairo Genizah everything from laundry lists to the Damascus
> >Documents were found from various periods, spanning centuries.
> >Brad Harrison
> >MA JS Gratz Philly Pa
> >EMA KU Leuven Belgium
> Selectivity comes to mind. When the genizah is your attic, anything
> goes. When it's a remote cave, you become very selective as to what goes
> into the jars.
> Eric Forster
Would you really want to save all that Junk unless it was required in your
attic? Not all genizahs are easily dealt with. You have to ritually bury
anything with the name of God on it or considered holy. I remeber a frenzy
at Gratz College when the lady in the bookstore tried to throw away a huge
pallet full of old Xerox anthologies that had Hebrew in it, including
Ulpan material. The religious members insisted on the material's be
deposit in a genizah. I thought the poor old girl was going to die right
there and then. This material was a good ton.
The library upstairs sells books donated to it. They are
stuck with shelves of old prayerbooks and junk they can't give away nor
can they just throw it away. But putting it all into a genizah?
They wish they had isolated caves to put it all in.