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Scholars discover references to slain
Messiah figure in Dead Sea Scrolls

released text from the Dead Sea
Scrolls mentions the execution of a
Messiah-like leader, suggesting that
some ancient Jews shared the Chris-
tian concept of the slaying of a Mes-
siah, scholars said yesterday.
One fragment contains five lines
of text that describes a "leader of
the community" being "put to
death" and mentions "piercings" or
"wounds," said Robert Eisenman, a
professor of Middle East religions

at California State University, Long
The text also uses Messiah-re-
lated terms such as "the staff,"
"the Branch of David" and the
"Root of Jesse," said Eisenman,
who helped translate the scroll
Its language is close to that in
the Old Testament Book of Isaiah,
which says "for our sins he was
wounded." Many Christians use Isa-
iah's prophecies to aid their under-



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standing of Jesus.
Eisenman said he doesn't know if
the leader mentioned in the text was
Jesus. But he said the text has "far-
reaching significance" because it
shows the scrolls' writers and early
Christians shared similar Messianic
He said the text supports his
controversial theory that the most
recent scrolls were written by Jews
who helped form early Christianity.
Many other scholars believe the
scrolls were written by an ascetic
Jewish sect called Essenes.
"We've known for a long time
there are connections between ideas
contained in the scrolls and Chris-
tianity. However, this particular
idea - the idea of a dying Messiah
- is new and explosive," said
Michael Wise, a University of
Chicago professor of Aramaic, the
language of Jesus.
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tool to examine the ears; a tongue
depressor; a tuning fork, a device to
test hearing ability; a reflex ham-
mer; a pen light; x-rays; bones; eye
charts and pictures of the brain,
heart and lungs. Children can also
play with a 3-foot-stuffed bear
named Ralph who has a real cast on
his leg.
"When we talk to the teachers
they say that before we come the
children are apprehensive and a lit-

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tie worried, but after we leave they
say they had a good time and are less
intimidated," Soulliere said.
"Kids get really excited after we
leave and say they want to be doc-
tors," said Aanshu Aggarwal, a sec-
ond-year medical student and also a
co-coordinator of the program.
The program, which is sponsored
by the medical students section of
the American Medical Association
(AMA), was designed last year by
University medical student
Shabnum Sheikh to help reduce chil-
dren's anxiety about going to the

"When I became a medical stu-
dent and my four-year-old daughter
could play with my instruments,
she was no longer afraid when she
went to the pediatrician because she
was used to the idea of me being a
doctor," Sheikh said. "When the
kids realize what the instrument is,
they realize it is not scary and won't
Local preschool teachers who
have participated in the program are

"It was excellent for the chil-
dren to have the opportunity to see
the instruments without being ill.
They usually think of stitches or
shots when they think of the doctor
and it's good to have a positive ex-
perience," said Deborah Joseph, a
preschool teacher at Bryant
Sheikh presented her idea for the
program to the AMA convention in
Chicago recently and said medical
schools around the country showed
interest in adopting the program.


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pendent state," he said.
Palestinian Solidarity
Committee member Tom Abowd
and Muslim Student Association
representative Faruk Yigit both de-
cined to comment.
University professors also ex-
pressed optimism. "Anyone who
has seen the Madrid talks, will be
more optimistic than they were be-
fore," said Edna Cofin, a professor
in the Near Eastern Studies
Raymond Tanter, a political sci-
ence professor, said he saw the talks
as the "endgame of Arab-Israel
"Israel has won all the wars, and
it's in a strong position to capture
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ficers over three years," he said.
He also said the opening of the
new office was one more in a series
of actions designed to maintain fa-
vorable relations with students.
"Prevention is our priority. We
don't want to be a reactionary force.
We want to get community policing
into our agenda," he said.

peace. Because Israel is the super-
power of the Middle East, it can
dictate the terms of peace," Tanter
said:. "Jerusalem was interested in
'land for peace.' But now Jerusalem
demands 'peace for peace."'
But even within the context of
'peace for peace,' Tanter said, "It's
possible to have a territorial com-
promise. Land seized in '67 on the
West Bank could be shared by Arabs
and Jews. Palestinians could have
control over matters that directly
affect them, such as fire, police and
water." He said that presently,
Palestinians have de facto autonomy
over such matters.
Union of Students for Israel
member and LSA senior Jeremy
Litt, however, disagreed.
"Autonomy isgoing to have to hap-
pen," he said.
Jeff Pavlat, a senior computer
science major, said he has no com-
plaints about University police
conduct on North Campus.
"I'm up on North Campus late
often - sometimes until one or
two in the morning," he said.
Pavlat said his only experience
with DPSS was a good one.
He added that most students do-
not feel that North Campus is a
dangerous area.

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