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Re: orion-list 4Q448

Dear Marcus Wood,

	You are certainly free not to see Judah as the teacher of righteousness.
But the case for the identification, made by several scholars in several
publications over several decades, is by no means "nothing more" than what
you wrote. On the other hand, I quite agree with you, if by "respectively"
you intended to link some Qumran references to Judah, Ephraim, and Manasseh
with Essenes, Pharisees, and Sadducees, in that order. Also, why couldn't
an individual named Judah be the leader of a group which saw itself as the
true Judah?

Stephen Goranson

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