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Following directions in the Dead Sea Scrolls, archeologists have found the latrines used by the sect that produced the scrolls, discovering that efforts to achieve ritual purity inadvertently exposed members to intestinal parasites that shortened their lives.

http://www.latimes.com/news/science/la-sci-qumran14nov14,0,6355948.story

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The group was not allowed to defecate on the Sabbath, he said, because its members were prohibited from leaving the city.
Yikes! [Eek!]

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Holy Sh*t!

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Not allow to defecate? That's crazy! And cruel! If you have to poop, you HAVE to go! How can it be forbidden? Why should the sect leaders forbid the members to poop just because they were prohibited from leaving the city on the Sabbath? Isn't their healthy more important?

Doesn't make sense at all.

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Originally posted by Barbara R.:
Why should the sect leaders forbid the members to poop just because they were prohibited from leaving the city on the Sabbath? Isn't their health more important?

Jesus would probably agree with you on that, what with his views on the Sabbath and all.

But some people really like the letter of the law. To a fault, you might say.

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You all know the Bible has the same rule, right? (Not the pooping on the Sabbath one, the burying the poop one.) Deuteronomy 23:12-14 (Today's NIV):
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Designate a place outside the camp where you can go to relieve yourself. As part of your equipment have something to dig with, and when you relieve yourself, dig a hole and cover up your excrement. For the LORD your God moves about in your camp to protect you and to deliver your enemies to you. Your camp must be holy, so that he will not see among you anything indecent and turn away from you.
Which, apparently, means God takes no s**t from anybody. [Big Grin]

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And the Lord said,
Crap not thou upon the Sabbath.
And the people said,
You have to be kidding.
I mean, when you gotta go,
You gotta go.
And the Lord said,
No, I was speaking metaphorically,
You imbeciles.
I mean honor the Sabbath,
Do no dirt upon it.
Yea, but the people soon forgot that,
And lo, they retained their displeasure,
And they swelled with pride,
And the day after the Sabbath became rank,
And the Lord said,
What a bunch of losers.

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Brad - You almost made me spit water into my laptop.

Seriously, though, what's a short life when you are looking at eternal salvation. It's my understanding (from taking one class about the subject) that the Essenes believed hosts of Angels would be coming down to lead the select (them) to victory against the Romans any second. They had to be ready to win back the holy land and the temple. When you have that kind of mindset, a few years off your life seems like a small price to pay.

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