Note: In ensuing chapters of Who Wrote the Dead Sea Scrolls? the author concentrates on what he characterizes as notable anomalies in the traditional Qumran-Essene hypothesis, and argues that the totality of evidence--for example, the nature of the descriptions of hidden items in the Copper Scroll, the total geographical configuration of the discoveries, and the actual contents of the various literary texts as now known--leads inevitably to the conclusion that the Scrolls derive from ancient Jerusalem Libraries. He indicates that the theory of Jerusalem origin at once does away with the anomalies inherent in the traditional hypothesis while at the same time encouraging the conclusions he draws in the book's final pages.

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