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wasting our time

Date: Fri, 29 Nov 1996 04:20:00 +0100
To: orion@pluto.mscc.huji.ac.il
From: mc2499@mclink.it (Ian Hutchesson)
Subject: Re: wasting our time

Peter Flint wrote:

>Just returned from SBL to find 175 postings waiting for me. (I subscribe to
>Ioudaios, Orion and tc).
>  Ian Hutchesson asked about the meaning of CD, which is simple to find in
>the AAR/SBL members handbook. I am annoyed because Ian is one of those who
>tends to dominate discussion lists with all manner of postings; at least
>six postings have arisen in response to his CD question.
>  Basic questions are welcome and necessary on discussion lists, but those
>who need to ask them should read and listen more, and speak less.

Dear Peter,

I'm very happy that you have a copy of the AAR/SBL members handbook (look
after it), and I look forward to something substantive from you on this
list. In the meantime, isn't it good to know that there are many people on
the list who are glad to help if you have any problems -- no matter how basic?


1) when you have gleaned the content on a thread you aren't intersted in,
you don't have to read the rest.

2) have you read all 175 posts yet?

3) what's your view of using the incredible abbreviation CD for a document
that usually goes under such titles as the "Zadokite Fragments" or the
"Damascus Document"? Is it not merely erudite insider stupidity?

4) what's your position on whether the dss were or were not written by a
sectarian group?

5) what are your ideas on the dating of the texts?


Ian Hutchesson

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