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Re: orion Re: Source Diversity for DSS

On Thu, 24 Jul 1997 03:10:15 -0700 (PDT), fgray@sni.net writes:
>At 03:31 PM 7/23/97 -0500, you wrote:
>>It seems virtually unreasonable to suppose anything other than that the
>>inhabitants of the ruins hid their libraries in the caves of the area as the
>>Roman legion approached Masada.
>I think there is a far greater chance they hid them there when the Zelots
>were taking over the temple and burning libraries in Jerusalem, and these
>caves were still under the protection of the "outpost" at Qumran! By the
>time the Romans got around to Jerusalem much less Masada not much was left
>to hide.
    Good grief!  Where have you been since the turn of the year?  The texts
    were deposited all before 60 BCE.  I struggled with the argumentation,
    worked with it and cast off my old Edmund Wilson era views.  Any occupation
    during the Current Era was NOT by people "salting away" texts.  Show me 
    on the ground where I'm wrong.

Tom Simms

    Now back to rewriting my chapter on the Essenes in _Behind The Bible_
    ISBN 0-9695425-0-X, grrrrr.