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Re: orion Re: Norman Golb

>  For example, so he said Qumran had a "scriptorium." Surely,
> the tables can be discussed. But can we recall that, e.g., Sir A. Gardiner,
> already before Qumran discoveries, used the term for more ancient scribal
> houses? (Journal of Egyptian Archaeology 24, 1938, 157f.) As for a "fiction
> of scholarship," please let us remind ourselves, for example, who was in on
> the so-called "Essene hypothesis" conspiracy-- Sukenik and Trever, Yadin
> and Brownlee, de Vaux and Allegro, Strugnell, Vermes, Sowmy, Milik,
> Dupont-Sommer, Samuel, Wilson, Gaster, and Golb's teacher Albright. If we
> could bring then in a room today, would they all even be civil to one
> another? Some conspiracy!

Bill Albright part of a conspiracy?  I'd sooner believe the Pope was
theHillside Strangler (g).

The issue of the tables, however, is interesting since my understanding
of their architecture does not conform to a "scriptorium" table.  I have
asked this question before with no responses and will ask again.  If
these tables were use over decades for the penning of texts, there would
almost certainly be evidences of that through microscopic analysis
of the table surfaces..minute ink spots, for example.

Has anyone on the archaeological team performed a microscopic
examination of the table surfaces, and if not, why not?