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Re: Dss related questions (copper scroll)
>David Kaufman wrote
>> Russell Gmyrken wrote:
>> The reference to the "queen's residence" near Jericho at 6.11 surely
>> chronological significance. This may refer to a royal residence of a
>> Herodian or Hasmonean queen [see Bargil Pixner's article, Unravelling the
>> Copper Scroll,
>> RevQ 11 p. 349] or (a less likely long shot) one of the Ptolemaic
>> who occasionally controlled portions of Palestine.
>> [Kaufman responds:]
>> Your right, it may refer to the residence of a Queen. The Cleopatra who
>> buddy of Onias IV would be a possibility. The Ptolemies probably remained
>> control of, or at least in influence over, portions of the East until well
>> after the Hasmoneans took power. The possibility that they might have had
>> property there is not unreasonable.
>I don't understand on what historical basis you believe the Ptolemies
>remained in control of and maintained property in portions of Palestine into
>the Hasmonean period. The was a war between Antiochus the Great and the
>Ptolemies' Greek-mercenary general Scopas that decided this whole issue in
>200 BCE. The Ptolemies lost and were evicted from Palestine. It really
>wasn't until Herodian times (Anthony and Cleopatra) that a Ptolemaic queen
>actually controlled portions of Palestine (hence my including this Cleopatra
>as a marginally possible candidate for the "queen's residence" near Jericho).
Josephus' Antiquites, somewhere in books 15 or 16, I think, says that Herod
the "Great" had a palace near Jericho. In fact, he brought his whole family
there, including his brother-in-law who had been High Priest for a year and
was very popular with the people. He arranged to have his brother-in-law,
who was 18 at the time according to Josephus, drown in an "accident". Could
this palace be the one you are refering to?
Gretchen A. Shapiro Haas