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Re: orion Essay notice
>Jim West writes, in part,
>> The essay seeks to show the origin of the essene community as taking
>> in leontopolis- why, cuz 11QTS and 4QMMT have the same ideas as
>> granted by Antiochus the Great to leontopolis. (Theres more to it-
>> thats the gist).
>Surely you mean Ptolemy Philometer, not Antiochus the Great!?
>I just report what the essay says.
It is true that Antiochus the Great made certain concessions to
and Judea in circa 198 BCE (see Josephus, Ant. 12.138-146) that resonate
11QT in forbidding the skins of impure animals to enter Jerusalem. But
is Jerusalem, not Leontopolis in Egypt, over which Antiochus did not
Onias IV built a temple in Leontopolis in the 140s, decades later, under
Egyptian ruler Ptolemy Philometer (Ant. 13.62-73).
So I am curious whether this alleged connection between Antiochus III
Leontopolis is (1) an error on Jim's part, or (2) the article he cites
which case it hardly seems worth reading], or whether (3) the article
novel arguments somehow linking Antiochus III and the later Oniad