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  • goranson@duke.edu
    The report on the Jewish Museum exhibit of Dead Sea Scrolls by Edward Rothstein contains errors. http://www.nytimes.com/2008/10/07/arts/design/07scrol.html The
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      The report on the Jewish Museum exhibit of Dead Sea Scrolls by Edward Rothstein
      contains errors.
      http://www.nytimes.com/2008/10/07/arts/design/07scrol.html

      The book "Complete World of the Dead Sea Scrolls" is not by Davies, Brooks and
      Calaway but by Davies, Brooke, and Callaway.

      The hairnet in the exhibit is not from Qumran but from a site further south near
      the Dead Sea. In fact, the absence of hairnets from de Vaux's excavation has
      been contrasted to their presence at other sites, e.g., in Jodi Magness, The
      Archaeology of Qumran and the Dead Sea Scrolls (2002) pages 176, 180, 181, and
      182.

      Also, the museum caption* for the Community Rule states that "Most scholars
      identify this sect with the Essenes, although the name Essene is not mentioned
      in any of the scrolls." In fact, many scholars have concluded that the Hebrew
      original of the name indeed appears explicitly in self-definition in Qumran
      scrolls several times: 'osey hatorah, observers of totah. For details and
      bibliography see:
      Goranson, Stephen. "Others and Intra-Jewish Polemic as Reflected in Qumran
      Texts." In The Dead Sea Scrolls after Fifty Years: A Comprehensive Assessment,
      ed. Peter W. Flint and James C. VanderKam, 2:534-551. Leiden: Brill, 1999. This
      etymology has been known since at least 1532, and is increasingly being
      recognized today.

      Stephen Goranson
      http://www.duke.edu/~goranson

      *
      http://www.thejewishmuseum.org/site/pages/content/exhibitions/special/dead-sea-scrolls/IAA-supplemental-labels-200809.pdf
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