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  • The Chinese connection (to the Dead Sea Scrolls)

    11/30/2006 8:40:52 PM PST · by John Philoponus · 11 replies · 622+ views
    The Star ^ | Nov. 4, 2006 | NEIL ALTMAN
    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...
  • Challenging History: The Dead Sea Scrolls

    09/25/2007 4:48:34 PM PDT · by brityank · 9 replies · 753+ views
    The Evening Bulletin [PA] ^ | 25 September, 2007 | Neil Altman
    Challenging History: The Dead Sea Scrolls By: Neil Altman, For The Bulletin 09/24/2007 Editor's Note: According to an exhibit at the United States Library of Congress, young Bedouin shepherds, searching for a stray goat in the Judean Desert in 1947, entered a long-untouched cave and found scrolls in a jar and under debris on the floor. That initial discovery by the Bedouins began a search that lasted nearly a decade, eventually producing thousands of scroll fragments from 11 caves. During those same years, archaeologists tried to identify the people who deposited the scrolls. They found the Qumran ruin, a...
  • Scholar: The Essenes, Dead Sea Scroll 'authors,' never existed

    03/13/2009 8:18:50 AM PDT · by TaraP · 42 replies · 1,531+ views
    Ofri Ilani ^ | March 13th, 2009
    Scholarship suggesting the existence of the Essenes, a religious Jewish group that lived in the Judea before the destruction of the Second Temple in 70 CE, is wrong, according to Prof. Rachel Elior, whose study on the subject will be released soon. Elior blasts the predominant opinion of Dead Sea Scrolls scholars that the Essenes had written the scrolls in Qumran, claiming instead that they were written by ousted Temple priests in Jerusalem. "Sixty years of research have been wasted trying to find the Essenes in the scrolls. But they didn't exist, they were invented by [Jewish-Roman historian] Josephus. It's...
  • Scholar: The Essenes, Dead Sea Scroll 'authors,' never existed

    03/13/2009 9:53:56 PM PDT · by rdl6989 · 30 replies · 1,909+ views
    Haaretz.com ^ | Mar 13, 2009
    Scholarship suggesting the existence of the Essenes, a religious Jewish group that lived in the Judea before the destruction of the Second Temple in 70 CE, is wrong, according to Prof. Rachel Elior, whose study on the subject will be released soon. Elior blasts the predominant opinion of Dead Sea Scrolls scholars that the Essenes had written the scrolls in Qumran, claiming instead that they were written by ousted Temple priests in Jerusalem. "Sixty years of research have been wasted trying to find the Essenes in the scrolls. But they didn't exist, they were invented by [Jewish-Roman historian] Josephus. It's...
  • Warriors Once Occupied Dead Sea Scrolls Site

    07/15/2007 4:29:41 AM PDT · by Renfield · 8 replies · 857+ views
    Live Science ^ | 7-12-07 | Heather Whipps
    Fierce warriors once occupied the famous complex where the Dead Sea Scrolls were written, new research suggests. Ruins of the Qumran site—in the present-day West Bank—resemble a monastery, but scholars have argued over its uses before the religious sect who penned the scrolls moved in somewhere between 130 and 100 B.C. Using the world's first virtual 3-D reconstruction of the site, historians recently found evidence of a fortress that was later converted into its more peaceful, pious function....
  • Pope Notes Hypothesis on Date of Passover - Says Christ Likely Followed Essene Calendar

    04/06/2007 7:14:13 PM PDT · by NYer · 13 replies · 1,339+ views
    Zenit News Agency ^ | April 6, 2007
    VATICAN CITY, APRIL 6, 2007 (Zenit.org).- It is likely that Jesus followed the calendar of the Essenes of Qumran, possibly explaining some contradictions within the Gospel accounts of the Passover, says Benedict XVI. The Pope made this observation Holy Thursday in his homily during the Mass of the Lord's Supper at the Basilica of St. John Lateran. In his address, the theologian commented on the historical investigations on the manuscripts of Qumran, found in the Dead Sea in 1947. "In the narrations of the Evangelists, there is an apparent contradiction between the Gospel of John, on one hand, and what,...
  • Latrines of the Essenes?

    11/14/2006 8:21:04 AM PST · by aculeus · 35 replies · 2,062+ views
    The New York Times ^ | November 14, 2006 | By JOHN NOBLE WILFORD
    Archaeologists, it seems, will dig anything, even latrines. Sometimes this uncovers the stuff of scholarly evidence. Over a hill, a discreet distance from and out of sight of the ruins of Qumran, near the Dead Sea, a broad patch of soil appeared to be discolored. Two archaeological sleuths had reasons to suspect this may have been Qumran’s toilet. Soil samples yielded the desiccated eggs of human intestinal parasites. The researchers say this could well be evidence supporting the controversial view that Qumran was occupied by an ascetic Jewish sect, the Essenes, and that they probably wrote the Dead Sea scrolls...
  • Ancient toilet may be new evidence of Jewish sect

    01/04/2007 8:28:52 AM PST · by SJackson · 24 replies · 486+ views
    QUMRAN, West Bank -- Researchers say their discovery of a 2,000-year-old toilet at one of the world's most important archaeological sites sheds new light on whether the ancient community was home to the authors of many of the Dead Sea Scrolls. In a new study, three researchers say they have discovered the outdoor latrine used by the ancient residents of Qumran, on the barren banks of the Dead Sea. They say the find proves the people living here two millennia ago were Essenes, an ascetic Jewish sect that left Jerusalem to seek proximity to God in the desert. Qumran and...
  • The Hidden Latrines of The Essenes

    12/23/2006 9:41:35 AM PST · by blam · 12 replies · 1,096+ views
    Haartz ^ | 12-23-2006 | Ran Shapira
    The hidden latrines of the Essenes By Ran Shapira In one of his detailed accounts of the Essenes, Flavius Josephus (Yosef Ben Matityahu), described one of the many laws that shaped the Jewish sect's way of life during the Second Temple period. While the Essenes sat in a circle, Josephus wrote, it was forbidden for them to spit into its center. Like many other laws outlined by Josephus, the details of this law appear in the Dead Sea Scrolls found in caves along the northern end of the Dead Sea. These scrolls are attributed to the Essenes. The resemblance between...
  • Toilet Evidence Links Dead Sea Scrolls To Sect (Essenes)

    11/14/2006 11:43:50 AM PST · by blam · 28 replies · 1,376+ views
    Seattle Times ^ | 11-14-2006 | Thomas H Maugh II
    Toilet evidence links Dead Sea Scrolls to sect By Thomas H. Maugh II Los Angeles Times Following directions found in the Dead Sea Scrolls, archaeologists have discovered the latrines used by the sect that produced the scrolls, discovering that efforts to achieve ritual purity inadvertently exposed members to intestinal parasites that shortened their lifespan. The discovery of the unique toilet area provides further evidence linking the scrolls to Qumran — an association that recently has been called into question by a small but vociferous group of archaeologists who have argued that the settlement was a pottery factory, a country villa...
  • Archaeologists Challenge Link Between Dead Sea Scrolls and Ancient Sect

    08/15/2006 5:09:35 AM PDT · by Pharmboy · 72 replies · 2,238+ views
    NY Times ^ | August 15, 2006 | JOHN NOBLE WILFORD
    Jürgen Zangenberg Slide CollectionThe Dead Sea Scrolls were found in caves near the Qumran ruins. New archaeological evidence is raising more questions about the conventional interpretation linking the desolate ruins of an ancient settlement known as Qumran with the Dead Sea Scrolls, which were found in nearby caves in one of the sensational discoveries of the last century. After early excavations at the site, on a promontory above the western shore of the Dead Sea, scholars concluded that members of a strict Jewish sect, the Essenes, had lived there in a monastery and presumably wrote the scrolls in the...
  • CHRISTIANITY BEFORE CHRISTIANITY

    05/08/2006 9:46:31 PM PDT · by TBP · 12 replies · 511+ views
    Came to me via email
    Where It All Began The very thing which is now called the Christian religion existed among the ancients also, nor was it wanting]rom the inception if the human race until the coming if Christ in the flesh, at which point the true religion which was already in existence began to be called Christian. -ST. AUGUSTINE, Retractiones THIS ASTOUNDING STATEMENT by St. Augustine, one of the most brilliant thinkers in the earliest centuries of the Church, utterly refutes the traditional view that Christianity, though of obvious Jewish roots, virtually fell from the skies as a radically new, unique, all- surpassing religion...
  • Archaeologists Claim Essenes Never wrote Dead Sea Scrolls

    07/30/2004 8:49:22 AM PDT · by blam · 41 replies · 1,636+ views
    Haaretz Daily ^ | 7-30-2004 | Amiram Barkat
    Archeologists claim Essenes never wrote Dead Sea Scrolls By Amiram Barkat, Haaretz CorrespondentLast Update: 30/07/2004 09:23 Located on the northwestern shore of the Dead Sea, Qumran is famous throughout the world as the place where the Essenes, who have been widely described in studies, conferences and exhibitions as a type of Jewish "monk," are said to have lived and written the Dead Sea Scrolls. However, based on findings soon to be published, Israeli archaeologists now argue that Qumran "lacks any uniqueness." The latest research joins a growing school of thought attempting to explode the "Qumran myth" by stating that not...
  • What day was Jesus Crucified? (Revised version)

    04/09/2004 5:23:02 AM PDT · by RaceBannon · 232 replies · 3,408+ views
    self | 04/09/04 | RaceBannon
    The Bible does NOT teach that Jesus was Crucified on a Friday. Jesus was Crucified on a Wednesday. If you disagree, you must quote from my article, and then respond from the Bible proving your point. No personal attacks just because you disagree, you need to reply with Scripture regarding why you think I am wrong, and why you think you are right. Please excuse the formatting, the size of the article was too much to manually enter in HTML tags, so I did it in MSWORD, and it adds too many < P> !
  • Skeleton 'may be John the Baptist'

    08/01/2002 6:52:18 PM PDT · by vannrox · 12 replies · 478+ views
    ANANOVA post of BBC Report ^ | Story filed: 23:26 Thursday 1st August 2002 | Editorial Staff
    Skeleton 'may be John the Baptist' A professor claims a skeleton discovered near where the Dead Sea Scrolls were found may be the remains of John the Baptist. He suggests the phrophet who annointed Christ may also have been the leader of the tribe to which the burial ground belonged. Israeli archaelogists say his theory is far-fetched and that the burial site unearthed is probably that of an 18th century Bedouin man. US professor Richard Freund at a Centre for Judaic Studies in Connecticut, has been art of an expedition in the Judean Desert. Professor Freund says there is "circumstantial...