I need a little help from my friends. Below is a very crude outline of topics to be addressed by students in their papers on Qumran and the numerous theories and publications that have hit the shelves since the late 19th Century - especially those in the 20th Century related to those darn Dead Sea Scrolls. Anyway, this is another of my weaknessesand also happens to be part of a program I am attempting to write. Yes, it is a corrolary of sorts with my 19th century interests, but as you have already deduced is concerned with the Holy Lands and Biblical Archeology.
commune or school
reject priests from return from Egypt
- in Ezra that could not prove lineage
approximately five hundred people
reject priests from Babylonian Return
-unknown number from Babylonian
priests from the Edomites
priests from Samaria
textual relationships with MSS
One theory is that Qumran was a commune
Another that it was a school
Another just a repository or temporary storage (possibly emergency storage) during times when the area was overrun by conquerers
Were the many jars of scrools and fragments stolen from Jerusalem, or Egypt?
Had they been discared by the Temple in Jeruslaem or both?