Skip to comments.Who were the Essenes?
Posted on 02/07/2013 9:18:09 PM PST by One Name
A recent study has sought to determine by sophisticated new methods whether Khirbet Qumran was home to a Qumran community of sectarian Jews, the Essenes of Qumran.
The new study by Eyal Regev of Bar-Ilan University examines the architectural plan of Qumran and applies so-called access analysis to map the sites spatial organization in order to uncover the social ideology of the Essenes of Qumran.
Regev characterizes this approach to studying the Qumran community as social archaeology, now an established field of research which uses archaeological records to reconstruct the belief system and social organization of past societies.
(Excerpt) Read more at biblicalarchaeology.org ...
I believe there is some theories that John the Baptist knew or was influenced by the Essenes.
The Essenes are still around. They believe in Jesus but broke with the rest of the Christian Church about 200 AD. I only know this because a few years back, their local church burned down and they needed a place to hold services. After being turned down by all the Christian and Jewish places in the area, the Buddhists offered them a 4 hour slot to hold worship on Sunday morning for about a year, while they constructed a new church.
Do they just take the name “Essenes” or can they trace a lineage back to Israel and Biblical times?
IIRC, there were a few cults in CA that adopted the Essense name to grab credibility after the Dead Sea Scrolls became popular.
Not to mention that they were a very Orthodox Jewish group ... not Christian.
Yes, I have heard that and he meets the profile!
Yes. the world has been ending since it began.
We have our own versions of the Masada; some people get it.
Cheers! Lotsa things gonna happen between now and then, but those who are faithful until the end will be rewarded.
Close association between the Essenes and the Nazarite sect, of which the Scriptures foretold Messiah would be a member.
I think the name of group the local Buddhist temple helped out was the Church of Saint Thomas Essene Christians.
Yohannan the Immerser (John the Baptist) grew up with them.
Shaul hung out with them for three or so years (Galatians 1:18) to learn kabbalah, aka, tradition.
2 Thessalonians 2:15 Therefore, brethren, stand fast and hold the traditions which you were taught, whether by word or our epistle.
Traditions = Kabbalot
2 Thessalonians 3:6 But we command you, brethren, in the name of our Adonenu Yeshua HaMashiach, that you withdraw from every brother who walks disorderly and not according to the tradition which he received from us.
Tradition = Kabbalah
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Thanks One Name....examines the architectural plan of Qumran and applies so-called "access analysis" to map the site's spatial organization in order to uncover the social ideology of the EssenesGIGO.
They aren't remotely related to the Essenes of antiquity; they simply borrowed the name. The original Essenes were a schismatic sect of Sadducee Jews. The Sadducees, and the Essenes, both died out shortly after the Great Revolt against Rome. Their spiritual descendants are today's Karite Jews. Christianity, by contrast, grew out of Pharisee Judaism (though it deviated from it far more from Pharisee Judaism's direct descendant -- Rabbinic Judaism).
I am inclined to agree. Asceticism is a very important spiritual concept in achieving purification; not that it can be earned by our works, but that it can help weed out the things that interfere with our walk.
What connections do you ascribe (if any) between the Essenes and the Nazarite sect?