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Re: orion perspectives, Essenes

At 06:19 PM 9/13/97 -0400, you wrote:

>I'm just writing privately to tell you I think you are doing a tremendous
>job of telling it like it (most probably) is...

Then you are doing a poor job of it.  For this came to us all.  Further,
Stephen is misrepresenting others as well as grinding the same old axe that
now stands dull and discredited (i.e., the essene hypothesis).

> It's a breath of fresh air,
>after all the rubbish some othershave been serving up to us......

You mean the "rubbish" which suggests that the Essenes did not write the
scrolls and that no connection can be made between the inhabitants of the
Qumran community and the finds in the nearby caves.  What information are
you privy to that indicates that such factual statements are rubbish?  How
do you connect the site with the Essenes?  How can you be sure the scrolls
were produced at that site?  Are you so certain that Pliny is right?  Why? 

Its well and good to call the work of others rubbish IF you can substantiate
your claims.  Otherwise it is simply unscholarly hyperbole.
So, for the sake of us all, please show us how you can substantiate your
evident claims that the Essenes wrote the scrolls and hid them in the caves.
Educate those of us who live in the rubbish heap of the uneducated and ill



Jim West, ThD
Adjunct Professor of Bible
Quartz Hill School of Theology