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Topic - Was Jesus an Essene?
Posted: 11 Feb 2018 at 02:49 By Vanuatu
Originally posted by toyomotor toyomotor wrote:

Franciscosan & Vanuatu

When I was a regular church attendee, there was never any debate about whether Jesus was an Essene or not.

While, in this day and age it may be of interest to speculate on this, my point is, does it make any difference to the Christian faith or not. I don't think so. Those who believe will continue to do so, while grumpy old agnostics like me will sit and wait for some conclusive proof.

In other posts, I've questioned whether or not Jesus and the whole story was fact or just a bunch of stories to enhance the mystique of a myth. Let's not even touch on the Old Testament which is so obviously, IMHO, fantasy.

Along these lines, I foundan article in Ancient Origins, which broadly suggests that the Jesus story has some fairly close parallels  with stories of people who long preceeded him.

Hi toyomotor
Agree. It's the Greek then Romanized view of archetypes and heroes. One also finds "Son of Man" "Son of God" and "The Word" in arcane literature. Who directed the narrative and continued the story? I guess Byzantium did at a critical time.

Certainly likely that hundreds of thousands of people have come and gone from the world having mystic or spiritual strengths that helped people in the their own time. The healers were concerned with preserving knowledge and go to great lengths to keep valuable information secret. The Roman Catholic Church was intent on driving a very specific message about need for redemption.

It's the gospels canonical -and not- which are convincing to me. Even there we see that some mistranslated words and phrases have helped to skew the nature of what Jesus was teaching. Which seems to be Nazarine Essene "Way" as described in the Dead Sea Scrolls.  
**yet there are clear distinctions to be sure

Edited by Vanuatu - 12 Feb 2018 at 16:59

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