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Re: orion dating; Essenes; a priori

At 03:57 PM 8/5/97 -0700, brad wrote:

>Remember the Zodakites were ousted by Manelaus, a Tobiad of non Priestly
>origin ( a Benjamite) who out bribed Jason the Oniad for the position of
>High Priest.

Actually, Menelaus was not a Tobiad from the tribe of Benjamin; the
reference in 2 Maccabees to the tribe of Benjamin more probably reads the
clan of Bilgah, which was one of the legitmate priestly clans. Jason and the
Oniads were from one of the other priestly clans. 

Bruce Wildish