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orion Response to N. Golb

This bounced, so Stephan Goranson's reply appeared before Fred Cryer's 

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Date: Tue, 2 Sep 1997 09:10:47 GMT
From: "fred cryer" <fc.dss@pop.teol.ku.dk>
To: <orion@panda.mscc.huji.ac.il>,
        "Stephen Goranson" <goranson@acpub.duke.edu>
Cc: <goranson@duke.edu>
Subject: Re: orion Response to N. Golb
Date: Tue, 2 Sep 1997 11:06:26 +0200

Really, Steven...there´s no need for innuendo about a fine scholar like
Golb, even if you happen not to agree with him. Golb is staying in
Jerusalem at the flat of the late --and much lamented-- Jonas Greenfield.
He has no direct access to a computer, and so has to rely on friends to
send messages for him. End of *that* Qumran mystery.
I remarked back in December of last year, having seen Ms. Eshel´s
presentation and slides in New Orleans, that the reading yahad won´t do.
Prof. Golb duly noted that his wasn´t the only voice in the wilderness, and
has quoted me accordingly--and correctly. Ada Yardeni and Joseph Naveh have
also examined the ostracon and rejected the reading in question, so it is
now, for purely epigraphic reasons, out of the question and cannot be used
in furtherance of argumentation about a conjectural "yahad" that is held by
some to have been based in Qumran.
Finally, your reference to the "further examples of the N-shaped Het" in
Ada Yardeni´s new book is either ill-informed or disingenuous. The only
examples offered by Yardeni of this feature in her script charts are on p.
185, "post-Herodian cursive script". This associates the feature in
question with the legal and other materials from Murabba`at, dating to
between 120 and 135 CE. Since the hypothetical yahad is supposed to have
ceased to exist by this time...well, no point belabouring the issue. The
discussion of the "yahad" ostracon is over, at least on *that* issue.
Fortunately, it remains one of the few ostraca from the site, and hence
retains its documentary interest in other respects.

best regards,

Fred Cryer

Frederick H. Cryer
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Univ. of Copenhagen
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