November 27th, 2008 06:20 am (UTC)
Dead Sea Scrolls controversy
Precisely because Golb, Magen and Peleg, Elior and many other researchers now believe the scrolls are the remains of various libraries from the Jerusalem area, and that no sect ever wrote scrolls or even lived at Qumran, I would recommend changing the title of this forum to The Dead Sea Scrolls: writings of a sect, or remains of Jerusalem libraries? (or else, simply add a question mark at the end of the current formulation)
That would bring the forum up to date with current debates in a neutral manner (exactly the same problem that we see with the museum exhibits, incidentally).
If any of this sounds unfamiliar, see the various news items on the "two basic theories" of scroll origins, listed at the end of the above-linked article ("DSS exhibit sparks controversy") on the San Diego and Toronto museum controversy.