Tuesday, June 06, 2017

"he could there do no mighty work" - The Essenes and Christ Jesus


The Essenes and Christ Jesus

There was a scholar who clearly claimed existence of a tie between Christ Jesus and Qumran:
Jesus the Man: New Interpretations from the Dead Sea Scrolls is a book written by the Australian biblical scholar and theologian Barbara Thiering. It was first published by Doubleday in 1992 with the title, Jesus & The Riddle of The Dead Sea Scrolls: Unlocking The Secrets of His Life Story.... 
The central thesis of the book is that "Jesus was the leader of a radical faction of Essene priests. He was not of virgin birth. He did not die on the Cross. He married Mary Magdalene, fathered a family, and later divorced. He died sometime after AD 64".[2] From the New Testament gospels and Dead Sea Scrolls, Thiering constructs a new history of early Christianity which she contends was hidden in pesher coding. Thiering finds that the biography of Jesus hidden in the New Testament shows him to have been born in Qumran, an Essene community beside the Dead Sea, in March, 7 BC.  
Almost all the scholars rejected her theory.  She indeed lacked a necessary level of respect for Christ Jesus, but all of her theory cannot be denied, especially, in terms of the connection of Christ Jesus with an Essene community.

The Gospels have a strong focus on John the Baptist but completely neglect the Essenes.  But if Qumran had been a place where resurrected Christ Jesus went and hid, His connection to the Essenes whose base was in Qumran should have been naturally hidden even in the Gospels that might have been written after the human and physical death of resurrected Christ Jesus.

The relation ship between Qumran and Christ Jesus must be a key to understanding reality of the life of Christ Jesus.

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Mar 6:5 And he could there do no mighty work, save that he laid his hands upon a few sick folk, and healed them.
Mar 6:6 And he marvelled because of their unbelief. And he went round about the villages, teaching.