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Re: orion "damascus"
On Fri, 02 Jan 1998 15:39:08 -0500, jwest@Highland.Net writes:
[... snip ... already seen and excellent as Jim writes...]
>The whole of Judith's post is excellent- but it is the last sentence which
>interests me at the moment; for if "Damascus" were Qumran, then why would
>the Jerusalem leadership send Paul there with arrest warrants, if, in fact,
>the Qumranites were hostile to or lived in opposition to, the Jerusalem
>priesthood? Or were Paul's warrants simply general? If so, why would he
>expect the Qumranites to honor them?
According to the account (Acts), if Paul went to syrian Damascus, well
beyond Mount Hermon, he would be in another Governor's territory. A High
Priest's warrant in Syria would be of no more use than in Alexandria. (I
don't need to give a lecture on the competing ambitions of fellow gover-
nors.) Qumran was in Judea. The warrants would work in Judea, honor or
not. To refuse was to invite Roman troops to become instant family guests.
Even the Bible Atlas shows the different jurisdictions at the time.
The account gives no indication special arrangements were made with the
governor or between the governors to honor the High Priest's Warrants in
Since this is a List on the Dead Sea Scrolls, we might speculate who was
living in the settlement circa 40 CE. If it was a disorganized group of
varying Judaic views then perhaps Saul knew what sorts were housed there
and hoped for a quick arrest.
(I'm of the opinion that Jesus survived the crucifixion. One place where
he went early on - as I understand the occupation evidence allows - was
Qumran. This makes the Acts account historically believable. The view
removes the question about the warrant's validity.)
(The method I suspect was used in Jerusalem to allow Jesus to survive
created an epiphany for Saul, now Paul. The radio these last few days has
been full of people speaking of personal epiphanies in their own lives ad
nauseam. Perhaps this iswhat happened.)
(The combination of potent psychotropic substances and personal encounters
with people you saw executed might unhinge completely many people. Let's
leave it at that.) IF the evidence supports this kind of occupation in
those days then it opens that door I've just closed. It also would make
occupation by Qumran scribes even more unlikely, hence argues for an earlu
date of deposit.