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Re: orion-list More than enough

> Need an Essene document for proof of the connection between the scrolls
> and the essenes? Try the manual of discipline for a starter
You're joking, I hope.  There are numerous disparities between the 
praxis in the Manual of Discipline and the reports we have from 
Josephus and others about the Essenes.  These have been pointed 
out many, many times and to my knowledge have never been 
adequately explained by the Essene hypothesis.  What we usually 
see is "perhaps there were other types of Essenes who did this 
and that" and such, which is more than a little ad hoc and prone to 
sheer unfounded speculation.  The fact is, we simply don't know 
who wrote 1QS and its 4Q siblings, we don't know what their 
associations were or what their overall agendas were.  The Essene 
interpretation is one among many, nothing more.

Dave Washburn
"No study of probabilities inside a given frame can ever
tell us how probable it is that the frame itself can be
violated."  C. S. Lewis
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