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document uniformity

The documents hardly demonstrate any uniformity of doctrine. Consider 
that they include a brontologion, a horoscope, and a single text of 
physiognomical omen lore. Deut 18,9-22 expressly forbids various 
forms of magic and divination, and Deuteronomy was the runaway 
"bestseller" of Qumran, with fragments of 29 mss. The conclusion 
seems obvious that the collection included materials the collectors 
did not expressly approve of, but which they felt they should have 
some knowledge of. This is in stark contrast with Mesopotamian 
collections, in which divinatory and other magical material in fact 
*predominates* in many contexts.

Fred Cryer