Wednesday, September 20, 2017

"touched the hem of his garment" - The Essenes and Jesus

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The Essenes and Jesus

The Vatican never discussed or revealed the teaching of the Essenes.  It established its theology around the 4th century without review of scrolls related to the Essenes found in Qumran in the 20st century.
The Relationship Between Jesus & the Essenes
by Benna Crawford
Evidence for the crossover of ideas exists in the Dead Sea Scrolls, a substantial cache of Essene manuscripts discovered from 1947 to 1956 in caves at Qumrun on the Dead Sea outside Jerusalem. The copied Old Testament scrolls and descriptions of Essene practices and philosophy reflect many of the teachings Christians attribute to Jesus Christ. Jesus' lessons are captured in the testaments of his disciples, some written hundreds of years after his death. But the Dead Sea Scrolls reveal that those concepts were known and practiced well before Jesus was born and present the tantalizing possibility that Jesus may have studied with -- or even lived with -- the Essenes during the years between his early teens and his 30s, when there is no record of his whereabouts or activities.
The Gospels describe the Sadducees and other factions of Judaists, but it never mentioned the Essenes.  It is one of the mysteries in the Gospels.

If there had been special connection between Christ Jesus and the Essenes in Qumran, why should the authors of the Gospels avoid mentioning the relation?
The Teacher of Righteousness of the Scrolls would seem to be a prototype of Jesus, for both spoke of the New Covenant; they preached a similar gospel; each was regarded as a Savior or Redeemer; and each was condemned and put to death by reactionary factions... We do not know whether Jesus was an Essene, but some scholars feel that he was at least influenced by them.
But God seems to like people of today to focus on the Essenes as He allowed for the discovery of the dead sea scrolls after WWII.  It might suggest the theology the Vatican established around the 4th century should be changed.

Anyway Romans and even Jewish people between the 1st and the 4th centuries must have been confused and embarrassed if they had been taught that Christianity was actually from one faction of Judiasm.

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Mat 9:20 And, behold, a woman, which was diseased with an issue of blood twelve years, came behind him, and touched the hem of his garment:
Mat 9:21 For she said within herself, If I may but touch his garment, I shall be whole.