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>I see
no point in long exchanges based on misinformation.

Stephen Goranson<

Full marks to Steve for saying in words of one syllable what many of us have
been thinking for some time now.....

As one who is no DSS expert but very interested in the topic, I joined this
list to hear from the experts in the field.  What puzzles me is that we see
so many (and such lengthy) disquisitions from persons who are not scholars
in the field, yet we hear almost nothing from the many scholars, proficient in
the relevant languages (Hebrew, Aramaic, Greek) whom I know to be working on

Is it possible that those who are in a position to give us sound and valuable
information at first hand from their personal research on the DSS texts
are "scared off" this list by the second-hand, frequently unsubstantiated
assertions of a few individuals who, despite their inability to read the
actual texts, seem persuaded that they know more about it than the scholars do!

If this is the case, what if anything can Orion do about it?  As a non-expert
I certainly do not advocate that dilettantes be removed from the list; I do
think, though, that our task as dilettantes is mainly to ask questions (and
sometimes to point to likely connections with texts in our own fields of exper-
tise) rather than to make dogmatic assertions based on either misinformation or
disinformation as the case may be.

Judith Romney Wegner
Connecticut College