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During the Second Temple Period, there were different sects with different interpretations of Judaism. The descendants of the Pharisees wrote the Talmud, which defined Orthodox Judaism as we know today. (What follows is from Rabbi Shneur Leiman's lecture on yutorah.org) The Dead Sea Scrolls belonged to a sect that was clearly not the Pharisees; it includes ...


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The perspective of Orthodox Jews vis-a-vis the Dead sea scrolls varies from non recognition, ambivalence, to outright excitement. For those who do not view it as a life altering find see them as 1. Either a validation of what was already known to them ie. Small variance in textual differences due to a very solid mesorah. 2. the other non canonical scrolls ...


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Ben Sira was a matter of dispute in the Talmud if it may be studied. Rebbi Akiva includes in the Mishna's list of those who have no portion in the world to come (Sanhedrin 90a) ר"ע אומר אף הקורא בספרים חיצוניים Also someone who reads external books The Gemara (100b) quotes the opinion of Rav Yosef: בספר בן סירא נמי אסור למיקרי It is also ...



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