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Re: orion-list Essenes at Qumran: A Reality Check

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> PS: If those are "ritual baths," where did they store their drinking,
> and agricultural water?

An interesting thought on this subject has been issued by B.G. Wood:

Bryant G. WOOD, "To Dip or Sprinkle? The Qumran Cisterns in
Perspective", BASOR 256 (1984) 45-60.

He argues (on the basis of design and evolution of the Qumran water system)
that part of the cisterns (the ones which have steps) were used as mikva'ot,
while the baths without steps were used for functional purposes as drinking
water, bathing, agricultural needs, etc.

with kind regards,

Marco Rotman

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