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Re: orion Graves

On Wed, 14 May 1997 12:55:38 -0500 (EST), jwest@Highland.Net writes:
>The graves at Qumran were situated north to south.  Any theories on why?
>Also- were they shaft graves (vertical) or regular graves (horizontal)?
>Jim West, ThD
>Pastor, Petros Baptist Church
>Managing Editor, "The Journal of Biblical Studies" at
>(submissions welcome!)


   Magnetic North through Qumran runs through Mount Gerizim.  Was there not
   some idea in those days that Jewish burials should face Jerusalem?
   In that case, for like reasons, these burials were Samaritans?

   Now, as an aside, lodestones were scarce in those days.  Yet South is 
   easily fixed if there's sunlight.  True North points at Jericho, not at
   Mount Gerizim.

   Jerusalem is WNW or WbyN more exactly.

   Shaft graves have no discernible orientation IMO.

Tom Simms