Skip to comments.The Chinese connection (to the Dead Sea Scrolls)
Posted on 11/30/2006 8:40:52 PM PST by John Philoponus
The Dead Sea Scrolls have been guarded for 60 years like crown jewels, the possessions of a scholarly elite who were challenged only in the past decade to bring the scrolls to the public. Now, there is accumulating and compelling evidence that these supposedly ancient texts are medieval at best and have a connection with China.
That connection is raising questions about the manuscripts' true dating, origin and possible authenticity.
In 1991, I wrote articles for the Washington Post and Boston Herald about the idea that a number of previously undeciphered markings in the margins of two Dead Sea Scrolls were Chinese. Victor Mair, graduate chairman of Chinese at the University of Pennsylvania, wrote that the Chinese character ti, which was found on the Dead Sea Scrolls, meant "god, divine king, deceased king, emperor."
Early in 1992, Leo Gabow, then president of the Sino-Judaic Institute in California, sent me an August 1987 copy of his institute's journal, Points East, by which I came to know of Moshe Leah.
In the journal, Gabow wrote: "In July of 1983, a curious article appeared in the Israeli newspaper Maariv ... `A Jew Looking for Correspondents.' His name is Moshe Leah. He is 35 years old. ... His occupation: clerk in a printing company. He lives in Taiwan. ..."
Leah told Gabow his mother had told him that their ancestors "came to China from a land where they were deported to by their enemy. And a King of Babylon defeated our enemy ... and allowed Jews to return to Israel (516 BC), but our ancestor ... came to the Orient for the deal of tea and ivory with the tribes of Hsiung-nu (who dominated Central Asia at the time)."
Gabow also said that Leah "mentioned that his mother previously owned two ancient Hebrew scrolls that had been destroyed by a leaky roof. One scroll dealt with `Moshe's Law of the Book of Geshayeher,' possibly Isaiah, and the other scroll exalted human `virtues' in Chinese style (in Hebrew script)."
Wow, what if Confucius was actually a sort of Jewish Rabbi gone native?
look under every pebble and surely a Martian connection, a Venusian connection, and a Navajo connection will appear. Yawn.
The triangle is a symbol that occurs many, many times in the Dead Sea Scrolls. This is proof of my theory, that they originated in the Bermuda Triangle.
>> Victor Mair, graduate chairman of Chinese at the University of Pennsylvania, wrote that the Chinese character ti, which was found on the Dead Sea Scrolls, meant "god, divine king, deceased king, emperor." <<
I thought it was a note to follow "so"... No, no... it's what I drink with jam and bread
I think you are right. I did a little "googling" around and I found the author of the article I linked to (NEIL ALTMAN) is a "Dan Brown" type cook. Apparently he's been peddling this "theory" of his for while (according to the google search). Arrrgh, I have egg on my face :(
Sound like the story of babel, of babel, of babel. If one goes back far enough, who knows what will turn up under the tea leaves. Stop turning over the tea leaves.
Challenging History: The Dead Sea Scrolls
The Evening Bulletin [PA] | 25 September, 2007 | Neil Altman
Posted on 09/25/2007 4:48:34 PM PDT by brityank
Note: this topic is from 2006.
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