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Re: orion 3 shekels

> All,
>         BAR reports that SEM-EDS tests show that the ink on the
> recently controversial "3 shekels" ostrocon is "similar in com-
> position to ink from the Dead Sea Scrolls." Does anyone know what
> the similarity might be?
>         Thanx,
> Virgil Brown
> vcbrown@Delphi.com

And perhaps more importantly, if the ink is similar is it possible that
the ostracon dates to the 9th century?  Is it not possible that the
ostracon imitates an ancient script?  And is it not possible that it
seeks funds for a temple to be built during the Qumran habitation
elsewhere then Jerusalem?  In other words, is it possible that a rival
temple is in the making during the 2nd c. ce and after?


Jim West
Adjunct Professor of Bible
Quartz Hill School of Theology