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Re: Copper Scroll (was Re: orion-list Essenes, Zias article, etc.

Now that I'm catching up on my Orion mail, I have to say that I concur
with Prof. Goranson about the likelihood of "ascetic groups" amassing
great wealth.

Certainly the one thing we learned about monastic communities during
the POVERTY of the Middle Ages is that they TOO could become extremely
wealthy ... and the economy was no where near as robust at that time
as it was during the height of Greek and Roman civilization.

I see NO reason to think that the DSS community could not have VAST
financial resources.

George Brooks
Tampa, FL

On Fri, 10 Dec 1999 05:43:15 -0500 Stephen Goranson <goranson@duke.edu>
> Dear Robert D. Leonard Jr.,
> 	Thanks for your comments. Detailed evaluation of your 
> article must
> await a reading. (Please send the citation to the orion bibliography 
> when
> available.) I will be interested to read, for instance, which items 
> you
> propose match Josephus text. Lefkovits may be right about the karsh
> proposal, but this IMO is not certain, rather, a matter under 
> discussion.
> Again you asserted that only the temple and not Essenes could have 
> the
> amount you calculate. But that assertion is not self-evident. 
> Long-lasting
> ascetic groups sometimes amass great wealth. Again you did not 
> convey why
> to assume that none of the coin hoards you discuss can have been 
> Essene. If
> you have no opinion on the Greek letters, and allow a possible long 
> period
> of deposits (and also removals?), then my proposal, which incidently
> reduces the total, may be worth considering. In any case, I assume 
> that
> there is more to learn about this text.
> best wishes,
> Stephen Goranson
> For private reply, e-mail to Stephen Goranson <goranson@duke.edu>
For private reply, e-mail to George Brooks <george.x.brooks@juno.com>
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