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Re: orion Cave 7 Fragments

At 01:25 PM 11/14/97 -0500, you wrote:
>Have any of the fragments discovered in cave 7 been subject to C14 dating?
>The predominantly Greek texts seem almost out of place amongst the finds in
>the nearby caves.  I do not think that O'Callaghan's claims of possible New
>Testament fragments have been disproven yet and wonder if any scholar has
>done any extensive research on the Cave 7 finds.
>Vernon Chadwick
>Charlotte, NC

O'Callaghan's claims have not been proven by him.  It is not up to others to
prove him wrong- it is up to him to prove himself right.  A few words on
small scraps do not a new testament document make.  It is so extraordinarily
unlikely that a NT document exists among the fragments that only C. Thiede
and a couple of others (whose names are known) hold to such.

For a list of the cave 7 documents see J. Maier's 3 vol. "Die Texte vom
Toten Meer" (Brockhaus).


Jim West
Adjunct Professor of Bible
Quartz Hill School of Theology