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orion Cryptic A + Magarians

I'm writing with two unrelated ideas in my mind:
(1)With regard to Cryptic script A (e.g. 4Q298, 4Q317), has anyone 
noted the similarities between cryptic/esoteric taw and the Ethiopic 
letter t?
(2)With regard to the question of the identification of the Qumran 
sect and related topics, does anyone know of a discussion of Jaqub 
al-Qirqisani's 'History of Jewish Sects' which raises this issue? 
Qirqisani mentions a Second Temple sect known as 'Magarians,' on 
account of the fact that their texts were found in a cave this is a 
paraphrase, not a quotation).

James Harding
University of Sheffield