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Re: orion Hirschfeld implications
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That´s very much the wrong argument, Vernon. The question as posed by you
reifies the Essene hypothesis vis a vis Qumran as something to be
disproved. In reality, the question is whether the combination of En Gedi
plus Pliny plus newly-discovered settlement(s) doesn´t simply render the
search for a settlement 19km to the north irrelevant, superfluous, or
tenuous at best.
The settlements demonstrated by Hirschfeld and others are sufficient
conditions for satisfying Pliny´s description. Pliny knows nothing of any
collection of documents in any number of caves, and he certainly doesn´t
identify them as products of his "Essenes", whatever he took them to be.