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Re: scribal hands

Orion Center wrote:
> Date: Wed, 6 Nov 1996 02:37:42 -0500
> From: RGmyrken@aol.com
> To: orion@pluto.mscc.huji.ac.il
> Subject: Re: Scribal Hands
> Dear List Participants,
> Just by way of information to those who don't subscribe to BAR, in the latest
> issue Edward E. Cook has an article proposing Qumran as a "Ritual
> Purification Center" where those rendered unclean under the legislation of
> the Temple Scroll, and hence not permitted to remain in Jerusalem, could
> fulfill their period of purification.  He cites 11QT 46.16-18:

	This would fit my general view that the site at Qumran was not a 
"cloister" as much as a "headquarters" facility that all Essenes visited
for specific purposes.  If 1000 or more Essenes lived in the Essene
of the upper city (which may have been the real "center" of Essene
it could suggest re-examination that Qumran was the origin of the

Jack Kilmon