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Originally posted by Sigismundus
Think of all the scientific discoveries and ‘new revolutionary ideas’ since the time of say, Roger Bacon that went against the flat-earth-surrounded by a solid dome-Req'iak heaven with earth at the center of Creation following the Weltanschauung of the 'bible' which held sway for so long (‘the world is spherical ? Rubbish !’ even though the Greeks knew it 2,000 years before…) i.e. ideas that were 'true' but that were dismissed as 'fringe lunacy' by those with the publishing power…that is, before they GRADUALLY became mainstream ideas accepted as ‘fact’ or ‘reality’.
Having said that, I would be the first to agree that Cambridge University Professor Solomon Schechter’s interpretation of many of his findings at the Cairo Geniza of Synagogue Ben-Ezra (now restored) are of course now hopelessly out-dated (he managed to come across some fairly well preserved late mediaeval Karite ‘clean copies’ of actual Dead Sea scroll material
(e.g. the so-called Damascus Document /CD = ‘The Rule for the Yahad for All the Camps of Yisro’el in the Last Days’) in 1896/7 at the Cairo Geniza 50 years before there were any Dead Sea Scrolls found of the same text family inside rock caves re-discovered by Bedouin at Qumran, c. Nov 1946) but of course at the time, he had absolutely no idea where these originated: he titled the sheets simply ‘a Zadokite Document’
i.e. Sadducean (the Dead Sea Scroll Covenanters called themselves ‘sons of Zadok’ i.e. Zaddukkim although they believed in the resurrection, in the prophets as ‘defiling the hands’ as well as in Angels-Devils and in an Apocalyptic End of Days Judgment which the ‘other’ Tzaddukkim at Jerusalem did not—hence the breakaway movement of the Essenoid Dead Sea Scroll group.
But the HARD material ('phyiscal') evidence Schechter came across (some of them original letters from Khazarian ‘Jewish’ King ‘Joseph’ (his conversion name) at Kiev from the year AD 791 – 805 ) is the part that is ‘highly explosive’ in this case, vis a vis the origin of Khazarian (Converted Turko-Ukranians = Ashkenazi) Judaeism,
It is THIS kind of material evidence such as what Schechter found that is the part that counts---not Schechter’s guess work (or any other scholar's hypotehses) at the time of his discovery.
And as a rabinnic scholar at Cambridge, Schechter certainly could read the documents and knew how explosively dangerous this new nformation was for world Jewry who was undergoing a major overhaul at the time (if you recall Zionism was on the rise in 1897,
Professor Schechter ordered his staff NOT to publish FOR FIFTY YEARS the Khazarian Joseph letters from Kiev after long debates with his colleagues on various sides of the Judaeisms being practiced at the time – as being dangerous to Zionism. This echoes what the Ecole Biblique thought about the Dead Sea Scroll material when they took 'full control' of the evidence in Caves 1-11 after November 1946--they did NOT want this information published without their editorial staff in charge of what was to be in the public doman (='anything that might impinge upon orthodox ideas pertaining to Jesus will be kept back')
But even the ‘long hidden’ Dead Sea Scroll material is now fairly open to a public mostly without the requisite training to read them
But there are movements now to get this information out, and in these days of the Internet and hungrier than ever publishing houses (in competition with the Net) somebody will find a way to disseminate the facts of the matter, so we will see some interesting developments over the next 15 years on this whole discussion.
"Although all of the Khazars are now of the Jewish faith, they have been Judaized only very recently." - Ibn al-Faqih, a 10th century author