Archive/File: orgs/american/oregon/banished.cpu scrolls.refute From ubc-cs!uw-beaver!zephyr.ens.tek.com!uunet!mcsun!corton!ircam!fingerhu Mon Apr 27 08:23:49 PDT 1992 Article: 1899 of alt.conspiracy Xref: oneb alt.censorship:1472 alt.conspiracy:1899 alt.discrimination:1161 soc.history:1329 sci.research:201 alt.activism:2602 Path: oneb!ubc-cs!uw-beaver!zephyr.ens.tek.com!uunet!mcsun!corton!ircam!fingerhu From: email@example.com (Michel Fingerhut) Newsgroups: alt.censorship,alt.conspiracy,alt.discrimination,soc.history,sci.research,alt.activism Subject: Re: FORTY YEAR OLD BAN ON DEAD SEA SCROLLS LIFTED: Dishonest TV Coverage Message-ID: <1992Apr23.firstname.lastname@example.org> Date: 23 Apr 92 07:09:05 GMT References:
Organization: IRCAM, Paris (France) Lines: 46 Blatant lies again: the withholding of the publications of the scrolls was done mainly bu Prof. John Strugnell of Harvard (a noted antisemite) while the bootleg scrolls were published by Dr. Ben-Zion Wacholder. Here is an article which was published a while ago detailing those facts: Article: 1498 of soc.culture.jewish From: CARIAN@auvm.american.edu (RABBI CHARLES ARIAN) Newsgroups: soc.culture.jewish Subject: Still More on the Dead Sea Scrolls Date: 25 Sep 91 02:21:18 GMT Organization: The American University - University Computing Center I was a student of Dr. Ben-Zion Wacholder, the scholar who released the "bootleg" Scrolls and started the snowball rolling which seems to have lead to greater scholarly access to the materials. While studying the Qumran texts with him, we discussed the problems scholars not part of the "in group" were having in gaining access to the materials. Dr. Wacholder discounts the grand conspiracy theories propounded by some posters to this forum. There is no Vatican conspiracy to suppress "the truth", but rather a privileged class protecting its privileges. The material is indeed important, for it sheds new light on the period during which the Mishna was being formulated and the halachic process developing. Dr. Wacholder, who was trained in European yeshivot before WWII and is a trained classicist as well, is one of the few scholars who can really understand the material in all its implications. Few of the others working in this area have his encyclopedic knowledge of Talmud and rabbinic literature. The legal texts from Qumran should cause us to re-evaluate our understanding of the various sects that made up Judaism at this time. Wacholder has convincingly demonstrated that many of the halachic positions attributed in the Talmud to the Sadducees are reflected in the positions of the Qumran sect. I highly recommend his book "The Dawn of Qumran." Interestingly enough, the concordance which allowed Dr. Wacholder to reconstruct the texts was provided to him by John Strugnell of Harvard, who was removed as editor of the Qumran texts after making antisemitic statements to Haaretz and the Biblical Archaeology Review. Strugnell was well-liked in Israel and by his Jewish graduate students who came to his defense, attributing his comments to his reputedly well-known alcoholism.
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