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Who Wrote the Dead Sea Scrolls?
Smithsonian magazine ^ | January 2010 | Andrew Lawler

Posted on 12/19/2009 6:02:29 PM PST by SunkenCiv

For his part, Peleg believes Qumran went through several distinct stages. As the morning heat mounts, he leads me up a steep ridge above the site, where a channel hewn into the rock brought water into the settlement. From our high perch, he points out the foundations of a massive tower that once commanded a fine view of the sea to the east toward today's Jordan. "Qumran was a military post around 100 B.C.," he says. "We are one day from Jerusalem, and it fortified the northeast shore of the Dead Sea." Other forts from this era are scattered among the rocky crags above the sea. This was a period when the Nabateans -- the eastern rivals of Rome -- threatened Judea. But Peleg says that once the Romans conquered the region, in 63 B.C., there was no further need for such bases. He believes out-of-work Judean soldiers and local families may have turned the military encampment to peaceful purposes, building a modest aqueduct that emptied into deep rectangular pools so that fine clay for making pots could settle. "Not every pool with steps is a ritual bath," he points out. He thinks the former soldiers built eight kilns to produce pottery for the markets of Ein Gedi and Jericho, grew dates and possibly made perfume -- until the Romans leveled the place during the Jewish insurrection.

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TOPICS: History; Science; Travel
KEYWORDS: deadseascrolls; eingedi; epigraphyandlanguage; godsgravesglyphs; letshavejerusalem
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Some past, related GGG topics about the Dead Sea Scrolls: Charles Gadda posted these (and I guess nothing else): Dead Sea Scrolls keyword.
1 posted on 12/19/2009 6:02:30 PM PST by SunkenCiv
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2 posted on 12/19/2009 6:03:42 PM PST by SunkenCiv (My Sunday Feeling is that Nothing is easy. Goes for the rest of the week too.)
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keywords "deadseascrolls" "qumran" and "essenes" sorted chrono, duplicates removed:
3 posted on 12/19/2009 6:15:04 PM PST by SunkenCiv (My Sunday Feeling is that Nothing is easy. Goes for the rest of the week too.)
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To: SunkenCiv
Dead Sea Scrolls and the Smithsonian, I”ll pass just like the previous post on smith onion.
4 posted on 12/19/2009 6:15:17 PM PST by mountainlion (concerned conservative.)
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To: SunkenCiv

THANKS.


5 posted on 12/19/2009 6:15:50 PM PST by Quix (POL Ldrs quotes fm1900 TRAITORS http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/religion/2130557/posts?page=81#81)
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To: SunkenCiv

Jim Thompson


6 posted on 12/19/2009 6:17:19 PM PST by bmwcyle (Free the Navy Seals)
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To: SunkenCiv

The Dead Sea Scroller?


7 posted on 12/19/2009 6:18:39 PM PST by SWAMPSNIPER (THE SECOND AMENDMENT, A MATTER OF FACT, NOT A MATTER OF OPINION)
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Andrew Lawler interviewed by Megan Gambino
Megan Gambino: What drew you to this story? Can you describe its genesis a bit? Andrew Lawler: It all began with a toilet. A Smithsonian editor asked me about the recent find of what one archaeologist claimed was a latrine at Qumran. Next thing I knew, I was bumping across the Judean hills in a jeep. But as with everything involving this site, there is no agreement on whether there was an indoor loo!

8 posted on 12/19/2009 6:20:25 PM PST by SunkenCiv (My Sunday Feeling is that Nothing is easy. Goes for the rest of the week too.)
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To: SunkenCiv

Don’t look at me, I didn’t!


9 posted on 12/19/2009 6:21:57 PM PST by Revolting cat! (Let us prey!)
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To: SunkenCiv

What plausible origin would there be, outside of the Essenes?


10 posted on 12/19/2009 6:22:40 PM PST by RegulatorCountry
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To: mountainlion

Allium want for Christmas is my two front teeth.


11 posted on 12/19/2009 6:22:40 PM PST by SunkenCiv (My Sunday Feeling is that Nothing is easy. Goes for the rest of the week too.)
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To: Quix

My pleasure.


12 posted on 12/19/2009 6:22:53 PM PST by SunkenCiv (My Sunday Feeling is that Nothing is easy. Goes for the rest of the week too.)
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To: bmwcyle

He has an alibi.


13 posted on 12/19/2009 6:23:21 PM PST by SunkenCiv (My Sunday Feeling is that Nothing is easy. Goes for the rest of the week too.)
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To: SWAMPSNIPER

Essene a bad moon risin’.


14 posted on 12/19/2009 6:23:54 PM PST by SunkenCiv (My Sunday Feeling is that Nothing is easy. Goes for the rest of the week too.)
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To: SWAMPSNIPER

It was either Clifford Irving.....or Joe Klein.....


15 posted on 12/19/2009 6:26:04 PM PST by supremedoctrine
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To: RegulatorCountry
The scrolls were smuggled out of Jerusalem and stashed during one of the Roman Wars / Jewish Wars. The only trace of the Essenes is in a single account of some hermits who lived in small caves along the Dead Sea (described in Josephus I think). The multi-storey building at Qumran was used as a working manorial farm, hotel, and maybe a whorehouse at different times during its ancient existence.

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16 posted on 12/19/2009 6:28:21 PM PST by SunkenCiv (My Sunday Feeling is that Nothing is easy. Goes for the rest of the week too.)
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To: Revolting cat!

You’ve got guilt written all over your in some kind of early script.


17 posted on 12/19/2009 6:28:59 PM PST by SunkenCiv (My Sunday Feeling is that Nothing is easy. Goes for the rest of the week too.)
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To: bmwcyle

Michael Rivero and Eschior worked on it together.


18 posted on 12/19/2009 6:35:47 PM PST by MindBender26 (Never kick Libs when they're down. Wait 'till they're 1/2 way back up. You get much better leverage!)
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To: SunkenCiv
the recent find of what one archaeologist claimed was a latrine at Qumran

Maybe they found this kind of scroll?

19 posted on 12/19/2009 6:39:02 PM PST by hellbender
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To: MindBender26

They have trouble remembering their names.


20 posted on 12/19/2009 6:39:15 PM PST by bmwcyle (Free the Navy Seals)
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