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Re: orion "damascus"
On Fri, 2 Jan 1998 22:14:01 -0800 (PST), firstname.lastname@example.org writes:
>On Fri, 2 Jan 1998, Tom Simms wrote:
>> 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.
>It seems to me that it is speculative enough to identify Qumran as
>Damascus on the basis of CD, but then gratuously to introduce that
>identification into Acts is a bit much. A close reading of CD makes it
>quite difficult to support the identification of Damascus and Qumran,
>since in going to the land of Damascus the community implied by CD is
>leaving Judah (which to me would seem to rule out Qumran) and seeking
>refuge in the north, in the land of Damascus (see CD vi.5,19;
>vii.13-14,19). In the 3rd or 2nd centuries BCE, the advantage of the
>north is that it is beyond the authority of Jerusalem, making it a
>meaningful place for a band of dissenters to flee, as CD seems to
>presuppose. Qumran doesn't make nearly as much sense in that regard. If
>CD means "Judah" literally, and there is no hint in the text that it does
>not, then the burden of proof rests on assigning a figurative meaning to
>For that matter, as long as you're looking at a Bible Atlas, take a
>closer look, and I think that you'll notice that Damascus is more or less
>immediately on the other side of Mount Hermon from Banias (Caesarea
>Philippi) and Dan (unless your atlas is one of those that for some
>unknown reason, seem to be rather vague on the details of Mount Hermon).
>David W. Suter
>Saint Martin's College
>Lacey, WA 98503
140 airmiles from Jerusalem - no small trip by foot.
It`s as far beyond Dan as Dan is from Hazor and without doubt from
a Roman world point of view, a very different Jurisdiction.
the Pharisee of Pharisees label may be Paul's but not the Saduccees.