Re: The Times and Prof. Elior offer Essenes oblivion TBA Ink
- Beatrice, Of course. The ink was apparently derived from oak gall. I have never seen oaks growing near the Dead Sea. Quercus ilex certainly grow in the Galilee although there may be some closer. The article referred to by Goranson assumed the bromine was introduced by mixing with water from near the Dead Sea. Qumran certainly had enough rain water with which to mix ink and it would be bizarre for someone to go all the way to either the sea itself or to Ein Feshka for water unless it can be shown that it was, in some way, beneficial. On the other hand all organic substances buried near by seem, quite naturally, to have absorbed Dead Sea salts......
--- In ANEemail@example.com, Beatrice Hopkinson <beahopkinson@...> wrote:
> >As I've also asked before why would any supposed scribe at Qumran walk all
> >the way down to the Dead Sea to get a litre or two of water with which to
> >mix ink when fresh water was available on site?
> I am not clear why you are asking this question. If it was usual
> for the ink solid to be dissolved in water when put to use, one might
> assume that where the solid was made and where it was used might be at
> two different locations. In which case the water used to dissolve the
> solid could be different from that in its manufacture?
> Beatrice Hopkinson
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