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Topic - Was Jesus an Essene?
Posted: 04 Feb 2018 at 22:31 By franciscosan
It is (probably) necessary but not sufficient that someone be Jewish in order to be an Essene, if someone is not Jewish than they are not an Essene, therefore being Jewish is necessary evidence for being an Essene.  John the Baptist is often characterized as an Essene, Jesus is characterized as a disciple (follower) of John the Baptist, therefore, if John was an Essene, and Jesus was a follower of John, then was Jesus an Essene.
Of course, Jesus could be something else.  Something new.  But wouldn't there be 'Essenism' in Jesus' background?
But as far as John the Baptist is concerned, sure he is not 'called' Essene, but if it walks like a duck, and quacks like a duck....

There are something like 8 to 10 gospels known, 4 canonical, and then others non-canonical.  Plus other sources, but hey, I don't know that you exist, toyomotor;) so how can I be "sure" that Jesus 'existed/exists'?  You wouldn't be skeptical about a claim of someone from antiquity is that claim didn't contain miracle accounts.  Be honest about what is bothering you, you don't like the miracle claims.  No?

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