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Re: document uniformity

The point is straightforward. The texts in question represent 
practices that are condemned in Deuteronomy 18. I am abundantly aware 
that the rabinnical tradition persisted in practising divination in a 
variety of ways; in fact, the Babli fair runneth over with it. That's 
not the point. The point is that we find in the caves the *collection* of actual 
literature on how to do it alongside of the collection of material 
forbidding the practices involved: an apparent heterodoxy that 
requires explanation. 
As I also pointed out, in virtually all "archival" finds in the ANE 
we find so-called "magical" texts, meaning omen texts and 
conjurations, by far the most numerous, with the exception of legal 
bumpf. In Ugarit and in Qumran this was certainly not the case, and 
one, again, would like to know why not...