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Re: orion oral torah

Yirmiyahu, I reread p. 197 (by Sussmann) in DJD X and did not find "oral
torah" mentioned. Indeed oral torah according to Pharisaic and Rabbinic
views is old. Essenes and Sadducees revered *torah* but had  different
views. To impose the Pharisee view or to retroject the Rabbinic view on
Essenes or Sadducees would, in my opinion, distort history.
Stephen Goranson   goranson@duke.edu