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Re: orion Several

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Stevenīs notion that the Scrolls were produced by "people taking an oath"
and that they were accordingly important to them is but a further example
of circular logic based on a premise accepted only by some Qumranologists.
Actually, of course, it could be mentioned that Deut was the most popular
of the Torah scrolls, with a minimum of 29 exemplars in Qumran. Chapter 27
of Deuteronomy has all of Israel swearing an oath to abide by the
provisions of the Torah, and the Song of Moses even has heaven and earth as
witnesses to Israelīs commitment to the covenant. So no doubt all Jews
regarded the scrolls as fairly important...without needing to invoke any
"sectarian" hypotheses.

Fred Cryer