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Re: "para-biblical literature"

Dear Bob,

Personally, I find the term "biblical" being applied in the dss context
anachronistic and best defined as "referring to those books that would
become canonical" in that context. I think the evidence indicates that canon
was formed post first war. There doesn't seem to be any separation in the
Qumran corpus and the preservation caves attempted to save both types.
"para-biblical" has the same sort of connotations to it, ie referring to a
separation to come. I wonder if it is useful in the Qumran context?


Ian Hutchesson