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Re: Multiplicity of Scribal Hands

Well, the DNA testing would tell us whether all the animals came from 
the same herd, but in the event that might not tell us all that much, 
given that ANE temples had quite extensive herds, and the same may 
have been the case in ancient Juda (cf. Amos 1,1); so a single large 
herd could as easily be that of the temple in Jerusalem as the local 
herd kept by the fabled "community". But of course *differences* in 
DNA background would point to a multiplicity of herds, and that would 
suggest diverse origins, so it might be useful to test for.
What astonishes us here in Copenhagen, given all the chatter about the 
same jar- types being found in the ruin as in the caves, is that 
apparently no one has thought to do a neutron activation sequence to 
see where the clay came from that they were made from. Of course, 
that test, too, might not tell us a great deal: if the clay came from 
the vicinity, it would not prove that the texts did, too, because one 
might have bought local products to house the documents, rather than 
lug them all the way from Jerusalem. But a test showing that some of 
them came from Jerusalem, or wherever, could put the cat among the 
pigeons properly. Worth testing for, one might think. (Lemche's 
suggestion, and a good one).

Fred Cryer