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SV: orion Essenes = 'osey hatorah?

Stephen Goranson:

> Greg Doudna  wrote "Of course [...] Philo is of no real weight" 
> and then asked me "On what basis" do I think that *his* interpretation 
> of Philo is wrong. But, if he thinks Philo is of "no real weight,"  why 
> even ask?
I am sorry if my question was not clear.  To repeat the question:  
I asked why you reject the proposal of Cross and others, which 
happens to have been Philo's 1st century CE view, that the name 
"Essene" is a Greek transliteration of an Aramaic pronunciation 
of "hasids".  The reason I asked is because you do reject it, and 
I am asking if you can cite any good reason for excluding the 
"hasid" proposal.  Can you?  What about the "hasids" 
explanation do you find implausible?

Greg Doudna  
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