Re: Qumran and ignoring evidence
- Talk about "bracketing evidence"! Surely we can do better than that,
Stephen. Virtually all of the claims you repeat here have been
answered in Golb's book. Many serious scholars have now moved beyond
those claims, on the basis of the various pieces of evidence that
Golb put forward. Sure, he made some mistakes here and there, but
they are hardly important when compared with the decades of
fallacious reasoning that he exposed.
Incidentally, here is a review of Golb's book that appeared not on
Amazon.com, but in Church History: Vol. 64, No.4 (1995), pp. 635-636.
Who Wrote the Dead Sea Scrolls: The Search for the Secret of Qumran.
By NORMAN GOLB. New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, 1995. xvi + 446
Norman Golb offers here a book-length version of his incisive
critique of many aspects of the prevailing theories about Khirbet
Qumran and the scrolls found in its vicinity. This book is "must
reading" for every historian regardless of her or his period of
specialization. It demonstrates how a particular interpretation of an
ancient site and particular readings of ancient documents became a
straitjacket for subsequent discussion of what is arguably the most
widely publicized set of discoveries in the history of biblical
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Paul Kessler (New York)
--- In ANEemail@example.com, goranson@... wrote:
> In my experience of online enthusiasm for Golb's imagined,
> evidence-less Qumran
> scenario, I read people--often with multiple pseudonym--bracketing
> ignoring evidence, when they are aware of the texts and
- The material culture in ancient Judaism was not group-specific !!!
Herein I have to agree with Zangenberg et al. In so far Joe has an
inspired dream, but that's already all.
Whether or not a KhQ skeleton once belonged to an ancient terrorist
(and that is what is actually behind the idealizing "Essene" legend)
or not, we cannot extract simply from the bones, neither by means of
logic nor with all my heart.
NB to reach primary school, myself had to cross the local WW-I
cemetery first, though this doesn't make me Wilheminic, isn't
Dierk v/d Berg
--- In ANEfirstname.lastname@example.org, Joe Zias <joezias@...> wrote:
> Paul Smith asks the following :
> What do the Qumran cemetery facts
tell us about the origin and the
> provenance of the scrolls?
> The answer is very little but the cemetery tells us an enormous amt
of info about the people living there who were IMHO , Essenes, who
fished ,herded, potted ...and in order to get to three scroll caves
on the plateau one had to cross into their site whether one liked it
> Joe Zias
> Joe Zias www.joezias.com
> Science and Antiquity Group - Jerusalem
> Jerusalem, Israel
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