Skip to comments.Scholar: The Essenes, Dead Sea Scroll 'authors,' never existed
Posted on 03/13/2009 9:53:56 PM PDT by rdl6989
Scholarship suggesting the existence of the Essenes, a religious Jewish group that lived in the Judea before the destruction of the Second Temple in 70 CE, is wrong, according to Prof. Rachel Elior, whose study on the subject will be released soon.
Elior blasts the predominant opinion of Dead Sea Scrolls scholars that the Essenes had written the scrolls in Qumran, claiming instead that they were written by ousted Temple priests in Jerusalem.
"Sixty years of research have been wasted trying to find the Essenes in the scrolls. But they didn't exist, they were invented by [Jewish-Roman historian] Josephus. It's a history of errors which is simply nonsense," she said.
In his book "The Jewish War," Flavius Josephus describes the Essenes as an ascetic, mystical religious sect that lived in abstinence from worldly pleasures, including sex.
The Essenes are commonly believed to have written the Dead Sea Scrolls, which were discovered in a Qumran cave in 1947 and are considered the most significant archaeological discovery of the past century.
(Excerpt) Read more at haaretz.com ...
CE = A.D.
sounds like another academic battle is about to begin.
Yes it sure does.
Hmmm..., that’s really odd, because over in Israel, they’re doing archeological digs in an area that was isolated and had a thriving community and they’ve traced the Dead Sea Scrolls (the material) which were found in caves — to the buried bones of the animals that the skins came from (from DNA testing).
So, they’ve linked up the Dead Sea Scrolls, to a specific place that they are doing archeological digs and it shows that it was an isolated but a thriving community.
What this guy is saying just doesn’t make any sense at all, especially when the very material was traced to the bones buried at this site where there was a thriving community...
Bad news for crossword constructors.
That should have clued everyone in right there.
Well, I always had my doubts once I saw those superscripted th’s in the dead sea scrolls.
So Josephus just made up an entire sect? To what conceivable end?
“CE = A.D.”
When people use the term with me, I say, “you mean ‘Christian Era.’” And, BCE is “Before Christian Era.” It drives the pc folks nuts.
Thanks rdl6989! I have a feeling (haven't looked yet, clicked reply to from my comments screen) that this topic is going to be a knock down drag out. :')