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orion sects and sectarians

Just to stick my neck out, straight into the hornet's nest (nice 
mixed metaphor).
If we speak of a sectarian self-understanding, there is plenty of 
evidence of that in the texts found at Qumran.

We have all the hall-marks of a sectarian self-understanding in 
varios works found at the site. 
"Us" against the rest of the world. "We" being the only one/s 
who have understood God correctly etc. etc. etc.

So, yes, I would tend to agree with whoever designates the ones that 
deposited the texts at Qumran as a "sect".
Whether we have more than one sect evident in the texts is another 

You should read your Isaiah again Ian. 
(I am grinning wickedly here)


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