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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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To: SunkenCiv

I went to see the Dead Sea Scrolls when they were on display in Houston. It was fascinating I could have stayed all day.


41 posted on 12/19/2009 7:32:19 PM PST by Ditter
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To: SunkenCiv

I thought it was funny.

The infections have been long standing enough, the pain has ebbed to nothing.

Getting them all pulled in one session . . . don’t know that I’ll be saying that then! LOL.


42 posted on 12/19/2009 7:43:25 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

Great, bookmarked. What a wealth of information and links.


43 posted on 12/19/2009 7:44:58 PM PST by BlueStateBlues (Blue State business, Red State heart. . . . .Palin 2012----can't come soon enough!)
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To: SunkenCiv

It was Algore. Hell...HE did everything else!


44 posted on 12/19/2009 7:52:13 PM PST by rockinqsranch (Dems, Libs, Socialists...Call 'em What you Will, They ALL have Fairies Living In Their Trees.)
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To: Quix
You have my deepest sympathy. Last week had 3 bottom ones pulled, 2 fillings done and a partial put in at the same time....Have been back for 3 adjustments and will need another one monday...Still have a problem on the left side...but Vicodin helps a lot. Get lots of Vicodin from the dentist. If he says no strangle him until he gives in..

I am now the proud owner of 7 of my original teeth...

45 posted on 12/19/2009 8:05:14 PM PST by goat granny
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To: goat granny

Much sympathy for you and prayers for your healing and comfort.


46 posted on 12/19/2009 8:11:01 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: rockinqsranch
Well, he does have some wild, apocalyptic visions...
47 posted on 12/19/2009 8:21:15 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: BlueStateBlues

Glad to be of service.


48 posted on 12/19/2009 8:22:33 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
BookMark for future reference -

Everything You Could Ever Want to Know, so far, About the Dead Sea Scrolls In One Handy Location.
49 posted on 12/19/2009 8:44:24 PM PST by Tainan (Cogito, ergo conservatus)
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To: SunkenCiv

I’m going to go out on a limb and say Dead Sea Scribes.


50 posted on 12/19/2009 9:10:30 PM PST by TigersEye (Sarah Palin 2010 - We Can't Afford To Wait)
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To: TigersEye; SunkenCiv

I subscribe to your ascribing authorship to scribes.


51 posted on 12/19/2009 9:14:37 PM PST by Moe Tzadik
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To: Quix

Thank you for your thoughts, a sledgehammer would be good right about now also..My sympathy also to what you are going to have done.....:O)


52 posted on 12/19/2009 9:51:36 PM PST by goat granny
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To: goat granny; roamer_1

Roamer advocated rubbing oil of oregano on the gums . . .

I forget if that was for the infection or the pain or both.

It did help, I found. Markedly helped.

I forget what the other naturopathic stuff is for such pains.

They can sure be . . . GRIPPING!

Anything to distract you with an intense focus otherwise can be useful. Indulge yourself in things you REALLY ENJOY doing.


53 posted on 12/19/2009 9:58:59 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: Quix
***Anything to distract you with an intense focus otherwise can be useful. Indulge yourself in things you REALLY ENJOY doing.***

Right now what I really enjoy is taking Vicodin, second best thing would be bourbon, but not at the same time..

54 posted on 12/19/2009 10:22:17 PM PST by goat granny
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To: goat granny

LOL.

I think they usually prescribe codine here.


55 posted on 12/19/2009 10:27:21 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

Please don’t squeeze the Charmin!!


56 posted on 12/20/2009 5:26:57 AM PST by wolfcreek (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Lsd7DGqVSIc)
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To: wolfcreek

Just glad no one mistook the jars for a commode.


57 posted on 12/20/2009 9:12:10 AM PST by SunkenCiv (My Sunday Feeling is that Nothing is easy. Goes for the rest of the week too.)
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To: Tainan

When the scrolls toured some years back, I went to see them here in GR (some museum elsewhere cancelled at the last minute, worried about terrorist attack), and was alas a little disappointed, but in retrospect I’m glad it all happened (would have been nice if the museum hadn’t lost money on it though; Calvin College hosted the Petra exhibit a few years thereafter and did alright, probably because it was a somewhat more interesting exhibit). Anyway, the early work on the scroll fragments (many of them had crumbled) involved figuring out where a particular “jigsaw puzzle” piece fit, and sticking it on cellophane tape.

So, in the 1980s, the next phase of the project involved figuring out how to safely remove the cellophane tape. :’)


58 posted on 12/20/2009 9:17:18 AM PST by SunkenCiv (My Sunday Feeling is that Nothing is easy. Goes for the rest of the week too.)
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To: Moe Tzadik; TigersEye

Oh sure, we all joke about this, but somewhere you just know, someone reading our remarks is filled with penned-up rage.


59 posted on 12/20/2009 9:18:37 AM 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

Essential oil of oregano is powerful stuff. Kills bacteria, anti-inflammatory. Have to be careful with internal consumption, though, so don’t go overboard.

Another natural aid for infected gums, tooth pain, a cavity that you’re unable to have treated for whatever reason, etc., would be to cut a clove of garlic open, and place the cut side against the infected/painful area and keep it there for a few hours. Even commercial, store bought minced garlic from a jar will work, just not as well. Again, it’s antibacterial and anti-inflammatory.

Essential oil of cloves or even cloves themselves, can also be beneficial, in combination with garlic or alone. It’s beneficial for the same reason.

The typical spice rack filled with kitchen herbs is a veritable cornucopia of folk medicine. Thinking back to times before refrigeration, that makes sense. Don’t really know which came first, the knowledge that foods seasoned with these is less likely to kill you, or that it just tastes better. I suspect tastes better came first.

Pepper relieves pain. Curry/turmeric/curcumin is an anticarcinogen. On and on.

This sort of thing is very useful knowledge, in the event of severely rationed dental care, or a period of unavailability of treatment.


60 posted on 12/20/2009 9:46:15 AM PST by RegulatorCountry
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