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The Dead Sea Scrolls

Cistern (1)


Some scholars have maintained that these larger cisterns are mikvaot and that the impure descended on one side of the stairs, and after purification, ascended the other side. It seems from the size of the cisterns that they held drinking water, and that the ritual baths were the smaller pits.

Lawrence H. Schiffman, Reclaiming the Dead Sea Scrolls, Jewish Publication Society, Philadelphia, 1994.

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