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Re: orion-list Sunday Times article on 'new scroll'
> On Sun, 7 Nov 1999, Dave Washburn wrote:
> > > I thought folks might be interested to see this article in the Sunday Times
> > > about the 'new scroll' (watch the wrap):
> > >
> > > http://www.sunday-times.co.uk/news/pages/sti/99/11/07/stifgnmid01001.html?99
> > > 9
> > I see a lot of fantastic claims, nothing more. A few questions I
> > would like to ask:
> I agree. I tend to distrust sources who speak only on condition of
Yes. Why insist on anonymity? What danger is the person in? In
most cases that I've seen, its main purpose is to eliminate
> > 1. What exactly is a "mixed text"?
> Probably a reference to the presence of Hebrew and Aramaic in the same
I thought of that after I hit the "send" button...
> > 2. Who is supposed to have carbon dated it and where is the data?
> No idea. Greg, do you know?
> > 3. Yeshua is Hebrew for Jesus - so what? It says Yeshua ben
> > Padiah. Yeshua was a fairly common name, who the heck is
> > Padiah supposed to be?
> Yes, Yeshua was a common name. I presume that the reference is to names
> thought to refer to Jesus that were excised from the Talmud, such as
> Yeshua, son of Pandera. But the presence of the name "Yeshua ben Padiah"
> doesn't mean that this text is about Jesus of Nazareth. I'd take that
> claim with a box of salt.
> > 4. Even assuming the story of its discovery is true, why was this
> > one scroll clear across the Dead Sea from the others?
> Good question. Maybe because it's been quiet on the Scrolls front for a
> while and the newspapers need a good story? I don't understand why so much
> coverage is given to Stephen Pfann's evaluation. He's a good scholar (a
> bit stressed out right now because he's finishing his doctorate) but he's
> not the only Scrolls scholar in Jerusalem. This is the first I've read of
> Magen Broshi having something to say about the scroll's text.
I also found it interesting that the writers accept the Essene
hypothesis so uncritically. I wonder if they spent so much time on
Stephen because he was actually willing to say something about it?
> > 5. Why doesn't somebody just publish this thing so the rest of us
> > can evaluate it, instead of relying on all this sensationalistic
> > innuendo?
> Er, right-- and how long did it take to publish the other scrolls? <g>
I know that, of course ;-) but I thought perhaps we were past that
stage. Maybe we are, except for the scrolls that really sell
"But what about the muffler bearings?"
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